After being outrighted to AAA Pawtucket last season, Rusney Castillo could be the most expensive minor leaguer out there as he was signed to a seven year, $72.5 million contract back in 2014. While he’ll be getting paid either way, one would think he’d actually want to step up and prove something during Spring Training but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
The 29 year old came up to bat in the third inning in an exhibition game against Northeastern today with one out and a man on first and grounded to short. Despite the chance to beat out the double play, he could barely bring himself to jog down the line and Northeastern was able to get out of the inning unscathed.
After the game, manager John Farrell called him out for not only a lack of hustle but for also not fully being aware of the game situation.
“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” 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.”