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Rusney Castillo projects to open 2016 as Boston's starting left fielder, MLB.com reports.
Manager John Farrell indicated Castillo will be in left with Mookie Betts in right, flanking Jackie Bradley in center. Castillo signed a record-breaking $72 million contract in August of 2014, but an oblique injury and Betts' emergence pushed him to Triple-A to start 2015. He eventually came up to hit just .252/.288/.359 in 80 games with the Boston Red Sox , with a .225/.263/.292 line in September. Chances are, Castillo will have to swing his way out of a bottom-third spot in the batting order.
Mookie Betts projects to open 2016 as Boston's starting right fielder, MLB.com reports.
The Boston Red Sox seemed pleased with Betts' progress in center last season, but Jackie Bradley is clearly the best defensive outfielder on the team. Bradley is expected to take over in center and push Betts to right, with Rusney Castillo set to start the year in left field. This news does not affect Betts' fantasy outlook for 2016, as his playing time and spot atop the order should be secure no matter where he plays in the outfield.
The Boston Red Sox are leaning toward going with Jackie Bradley as their primary center fielder in 2016, MLB.com reports.
Mookie Betts got better as the season progressed and proved to be a capable center fielder in 2015, but manager John Farrell rightfully acknowledged that Bradley "is the best defensive outfielder" on the team. Betts is expected to move to right, but of course, Bradley will need to continue to hit to maintain a starting role throughout the year. The 25-year-old surprised a lot of people in that regard last season, batting .249/.335/.498 with 10 homers in 74 games with Boston.
Brandon Gomes was outrighted to Triple-A Durham on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old made 62 appearances for Tampa Bay last season, posting a 1.19 WHIP and a swinging-strike rate over 11 percent, but it was not enough to maintain his spot at last week's Rule 5 roster deadline. Gomes could still attend spring training as a non-roster invitee, but he figures to have to bide his time at Durham to start the year.
Danny Hultzen (shoulder) was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, the Seattle Times reports.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft, he is out of options and coming of a 2015 season plagued by shoulder issues, so it's not much of a surprise that the lefty went unclaimed on waivers. Hultzen will remain in the Seattle Mariners ' organization at least through 2017, after which he can become a minor league free agent if he's not on the 40-man roster.
Michael Choice was designated for assignment Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The Cleveland Indians acquired the former 10th overall pick from the Rangers in August and quickly opted to jettison him off their 40-man roster after acquiring Kirby Yates on Wednesday. Choice recorded a .239/.308/.393 slash line to go along with 13 home runs and 67 RBI with two different Triple-A affiliations in 2015, so it seems likely the Indians would like to see the 26-year-old remain with the organization if he passes through waivers unclaimed.
Kirby Yates was acquired from the Rays in exchange for cash considerations Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The 28-year-old was designated for assignment last Friday, so it's clear the Rays weren't looking to get much in return for their right-hander. Yates was hit around plenty in his 2015 stint with Tampa Bay -- in 20.1 innings, Yates recorded a 7.97 ERA and 1.48 WHIP -- but he could have a chance to rehabilitate his numbers with the Cleveland Indians .
Andy Wilkins was designated for assignment Wednesday.
Wilkins, who was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles in the beginning of September, was DFA'd after the team acquired outfielder L.J. Hoes from the Astros on Wednesday. The 27-year-old first baseman did hit 18 home runs and 70 RBI with the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate at Oklahoma City, but he wasn't expected to provide much more than organizational depth in the coming years.
L.J. Hoes was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash considerations on Wednesday, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Hoes was DFA'd by the Astros in November, despite a fairly strong year at Triple-A Fresno, where he hit .295/.383/.400 with 26 seals. The 25-year-old has appeared in 112 major league games, and while he's yet to prove he's an everyday outfielder, he's been effective enough to warrant spot starts off the bench.
Jed Lowrie has been traded to the Oakland Athletics , Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
The Astros will receive minor league right-hander Brendan McCurry from Oakland in the deal. Lowrie, who's due to make $7.5 million in 2016, is capable of playing second base, third base and shortstop, and at this point it's unclear where Oakland plans to use him long-term. The 31-year-old played primarily at third base last season, appearing in just 69 total games while battling injuries to his thumb, foot and quad.