Detroit Tigers fans hoping something would go their way may have to wave goodbye to one of the top things on their wish list: Rusney Castillo.
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) August 22, 2014
This was likely the closest the Tigers have been to signing a highly prized international player in the prime of his career. While they were in the running for Yoenis Cespedes in the 2012 off-season, and ultimately backed off after sending the Brinks truck to Prince Fielder‘s home, they never made it to the final round. Around 28 teams scouted Castillo, the list was whittled down to 3 to 6 teams, depending on the source, but the Tigers were always on that list.
Earlier this week it was reported that the New York Yankees had bowed out, making the Tigers and Red Sox the last two suitors for the Cuban outfielder’s services, but it now appears he will be agreeing to terms with Boston.
Losing out on Castillo means the Tigers will need to look from within for a long-term answer at centerfield with Austin Jackson now in Seattle. Ezequiel Carrera and Rajai Davis will seemingly platoon there for the remainder of the season, but will the 2015 Detroit Tigers have a dedicated center fielder?
Daniel Fields has struggled in Toledo this season and there appears to be no one else knocking at the door.
The Tigers best shot at increasing their depth in center has seemingly evaporated. The position may need to be added to laundry list of needs and upgrades in the off-season.