Rusney Castillo has returned from Japan

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Rusney Castillo is making a return to the United States.

The former Red Sox prospect - who played in 99 games with the big-league team but spent most of his time with Triple-A Pawtucket - has inked a minor-league deal with the Nationals. The 34-year-old Castillo spent 2021 playing in Japan for Rakuten.

Castillo finished his Red Sox career having hit just .262 with a .679 OPS and seven homers, hardly what the organization envisioned when signing the former Cuban star to a seven-year, $72.5 million deal in 2014.

The outfielder was buried on the Red Sox organizational depth chart once designated for assignment in 2016. He would go on to play 467 games for Pawtucket, hitting .293 with 42 homers.

Castillo was finally cleared of his Red Sox deal after the 2020 season, allowing for the $600,000 agreement in Japan.

The Red Sox aren't scheduled to play the Nationals during this year's spring training.