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Castillo August 27, 2014:
La Pantera - Welcome to the Jungle

La Pantera (The Panther).

Totally worth signing on nickname alone.

Late last week, the organization took another step in reloading for next season, signing Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a long-term deal. He's a 27 year old right handed bat with power and speed and oh yeah did I mention he's nicknamed LA PANTERA!

Over the course of 5 seasons in Cuba's major league Serie Nacional (playing CF/RF), Castillo hit .319 with 75 doubles, 11 triples, 51 homers, and stole 76 bases, all with his hometown team, Ciego de Avila. As GM Ben Cherington said – "This is an exciting player. A great combination of skills and defensive ability, speed, solid power… we feel he can be a big part of winning Red Sox teams here for a long time."

And let's not forget, he'll be joining fellow Cuban "La Potencia" (The Power), Yoenis Cespedes in the Sox outfield. Cespedes has been a thrill to watch so far, with his ability to hit tape-measure shots, his clutch hitting, and that absolute cannon of a right arm. Definitely worth keeping an eye on the Cuban outfield duo moving forward. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to coming up with a nickname for myself. How do you say "mediocre" in Spanish?…

Sincerely,
– "The Front Office Insider"