Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox officially signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year major league contract on Saturday.
The deal will run through 2020 and is reportedly worth $72.5 million.
Baseball America reported last December that Castillo defected from Cuba and was looking for a country of residency so he could sign with a major league team. He since established residency in Haiti and was cleared by the U.S. government to sign with a major league team last month.
The 27-year-old is a 5-foot-9, 205-pounder whose main tool is speed. Others compare him to an Andrew McCutchen-type, bringing above average speed, power and average. He is not considered to be a straight slugger like countrymen Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Abreu.
Castillo hit .319 with 75 doubles, 11 triples, 51 home runs, 99 walks, 256 runs scored and 76 stolen bases in 360 games over five seasons with Ciego de Avila in Cuba's major league, Serie Nacional.
It was reported that the Detroit Tigers were also in the running for Castillo.
Castillo will report to Boston's spring training facilities at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida to resume baseball activities.