The Detroit Tigers will not sign Rusney Castillo.
The 27-year-old Cuban outfielder will sign a record-setting 7-year, $72.5-million deal with the Boston Red Sox, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. It is the highest total value for a Cuban free agent, Rosenthal says.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio this afternoon that the Tigers were interested and made a solid offer for Castillo, but weren't prepared to go over that. The Tigers were told Monday that they were out of the running, Dombrowski said.
Castillo, who defected from Cuba last December, has a mix of power and speed that compares with that of Andrew McCutchen and Yasiel Puig, and follows the likes of fellow Cuban defectors Yoenis Cespedes, Jose Abreu and Puig.
The Tigers projected Castillo as a centerfielder with above-average speed and 15-homer power, Dombrowski said.
Despite his potential, Castillo, who hasn't played a formal league baseball game in more than a year, was never in the picture to help the 2014 Tigers, Dombrowski said, and that interest in signing him was for 2015 and beyond.
The Tigers likely sought Castillo as a long-term option to replace Austin Jackson, who was traded July 31 as part of the 3-team deal that brought lefty David Price to Detroit.
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