Papi for Two

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Papi for Two

There was a time not so long ago when late-October really meant something to Red Sox fans. It was the season for comebacks and trophies and the most important games in franchise history. From time to time, it also triggered levels of pain and devastation that would last throughout the winter, but win or lose, it was always memorable.

Anyway, that was then. These days, the Sox haven't sniffed late-October since George W. Bush's last year in office. Forget memorable baseball, it's now the season for leaking gossip and freaking out about the Pats.

But even if they aren't on the field, the Sox are looking to make this October count. First, by turning the page with a new manager. And now, by bringing back a major piece to the puzzle. According the Gordon Edes, the Sox are currently finalizing the terms of a two-year deal with David Ortiz. The money hasn't been announced, but Edes speculates that Ortiz will get about 25M. More importantly, however, THE YEARS!

After two seasons of constant subtle and not-so-subtle bitching about disrespect and a lack of security, Ortiz has finally broken through. He can finally be happy. And as long as he's healthy, that happiness should help make the clubhouse a better and more productive place to be.

Of course, I never thought this would happen. Over the last few months, I've written a couple posts where I suggested that the Sox wouldn't give Ortiz more than one year. I just didn't think they'd need to. And the truth is, they probably still don't. I highly doubt there's another team out there ready to break the bank on a multi-year deal for Ortiz. So why did the Sox do it?

Maybe they realized that they need Ortiz in the line-up, but that with all baggage and drama, another one-year deal would do more harm than good? Maybe they just think he deserves it and will perform at a top level for the next two years? Maybe John Henry had a little too much wine on the yacht this morning, and just felt like being nice.

Whatever the reason, the end result is two more years of David Ortiz.

Hopefully healthy, and definitely a lot happier.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

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Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract bn August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:

“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”

Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.

That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.