The Red Sox made a series of minor free-agent signings Thursday, in addition to getting close on a deal with Bobby Jenks.
They announced that they signed right-handed reliever Matt Albers to a one-year deal. Albers spent last season with the Orioles after starting his major-league career with the Astros. He was 5-3 with a 4.52 ERA in 62 appearances with Baltimore in 2010. He will be 28 next year.
The Red Sox also signed pitcher Ryan Harvey to a minor-league contract. Harvey, 26, was the No. 6 overall selection in the 2003 draft, and he spent the last eight years in the minor leagues with the Cubs and Rockies organizations. He never advanced above the Double-A level.
Lastly, according to ESPNBoston.com, Boston signed left-handed pitcher Andrew Miller. The Red Sox acquired Miller from the Marlins in mid-November but non-tendered him this winter, making him a free agent.
More to come . . .
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.