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Monday, November 04, 2019

Castillo declines to opt out of Red Sox contract

BOSTON (AP) — To the surprise of no one, outfielder Rusney Castillo declined to opt out of his contract with the Boston Red Sox and will remain in their minor league system.

Castillo agreed to a $72.5 million, seven-year contract in 2014 and has not appeared in a major league game since 2016. He could have voided the final season of his deal, which calls for a $13.5 million salary, and become a free agent.

And one of baseball’s strangest games of chicken continues onward.

 

QLE Posted: November 04, 2019 at 12:41 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: opt-outs, red sox, rusney castillo

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   1. JJ1986 Posted: November 04, 2019 at 07:28 AM (#5898443)
When is JD Martinez's deadline? Tonight?
   2. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: November 04, 2019 at 07:42 AM (#5898444)
It's not a game of chicken at this point, though, if it ever was. If Castillo wants to get his salary he has to stay in Pawtucket, and if the Red Sox don't want to add his salary to their luxury tax calculations they have to keep him in Pawtucket. Everyone knows he's going to be there all season and then not get re-signed. It's mutually assured pointlessness. I do wish there was a way the Sox could just release him and eat his salary off of the luxury tax, to let Castillo see if he can make something of himself in another organization. I get how such a clause could be abused, but the guy's spent three full years off of the 40-man, which is not a normal situation.

Even if Castillo gets a 2021 NRI somewhere and sticks around earning the minimum for a couple of years (which seems doubtful, but who knows), it's probable that he never gets enough service time to be eligible for arbitration. IOW, he will have made ~$72.5 million in his career without ever getting to the point where he was arb eligible. That has to be the record.
   3. villageidiom Posted: November 04, 2019 at 08:27 AM (#5898445)
When is JD Martinez's deadline? Tonight?
Today, yes. I think 5 PM EST.
It's not a game of chicken at this point, though, if it ever was... It's mutually assured pointlessness.
This is correct.
   4. PreservedFish Posted: November 04, 2019 at 08:38 AM (#5898447)
Rusney Castillo makes me think about that story about the rooms in NYC where they put the horrible but un-fireable public school teachers. The teachers show up for the school day, sit at a desk and read or play Angry Birds or nap or whatever, and then go home. They need to put in their hours in the room to get paid, though.
   5. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 04, 2019 at 08:53 AM (#5898448)
Rusney Castillo makes me think about that story about the rooms in NYC where they put the horrible but un-fireable public school teachers. The teachers show up for the school day, sit at a desk and read or play Angry Birds or nap or whatever, and then go home. They need to put in their hours in the room to get paid, though.

There was just a story on one of these guys in the Post yesterday. Hired 19 years ago. Removed from the classroom after 2 years for sexually harassing students. Still collecting a paycheck. Currently $132K a year. What a joke.
   6. PreservedFish Posted: November 04, 2019 at 08:59 AM (#5898450)
I wonder what they all do. Can you telecommute to a second job? Are they writing novels? Just sitting in a room idly for 30+ hours a week must be terrible, even if you get the summers off.

Well, at least Rusney gets to play baseball!
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 04, 2019 at 09:05 AM (#5898452)
I wonder what they all do. Can you telecommute to a second job? Are they writing novels? Just sitting in a room idly for 30+ hours a week must be terrible, even if you get the summers off.

I hope they are allowed to do nothing. I'd literally have them sit in an empty room, no books, newspapers, phones, anything. Hell, I wouldn't even give them a chair. They'd be on their feet if they were teaching, right?
If you want your free money, you're going to stand there staring at the wall.
   8. PreservedFish Posted: November 04, 2019 at 09:38 AM (#5898458)
It does sound like some of them are in a situation not exactly of their own making.
   9. Lassus Posted: November 04, 2019 at 10:15 AM (#5898468)
Go back to France, comrade.
   10. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 04, 2019 at 10:34 AM (#5898472)
It does sound like some of them are in a situation not exactly of their own making.

Yes, as this article notes, some of these people probably should be and want to be back in the classroom. They're not all sexual predators or what-have-you.

I wonder what they all do. Are they writing novels?

Maybe they're posting on internet message boards.

That being said, to your point above, having to spend 30+ hours a week in a room with a bunch of people who were deemed a risk to be working with children is probably a pretty miserable existence.
   11. spycake Posted: November 04, 2019 at 01:51 PM (#5898536)
What about Castillo's individual income tax liability? Does he pay income tax based on where Boston plays , or where his minor league team plays? And what if he was released? Just curious.
   12. Zonk is Dominating the Battlespace Posted: November 04, 2019 at 02:20 PM (#5898539)
What about Castillo's individual income tax liability? Does he pay income tax based on where Boston plays , or where his minor league team plays? And what if he was released? Just curious.


Consult a CPA...

He'll actually be paying state taxes everywhere he plays (which may include municipal taxes, too) - but primarily his state of residency and the state of his employer (MA - since I assume the MLB team is the one pays the contract). He'll also be paying income tax where he plays.

How much and what comes out in the wash will depend on individual state (and municipal) tax codes, whether the states have reciprocal agreements,etc. SCOTUS struck down 'double taxation' - so he won't pay state taxes two or more times; he'll get a credit... somewhere.
   13. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: November 04, 2019 at 02:26 PM (#5898540)
Do the local "jock taxes" cover minor league teams?
   14. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 04, 2019 at 02:41 PM (#5898542)

He'll actually be paying state taxes everywhere he plays (which may include municipal taxes, too) - but primarily his state of residency and the state of his employer (MA - since I assume the MLB team is the one pays the contract).

Would he really pay taxes in MA simply because his employer is based there? If I work for a NY-based company but my office is in Georgia, pretty sure I wouldn't pay any NY state income taxes.
   15. Dock Ellis Posted: November 04, 2019 at 05:23 PM (#5898577)
Not sure what residency Rusney is claiming for tax purposes but he does keep an apartment in Boston, just in case...
   16. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 04, 2019 at 06:47 PM (#5898603)

Not sure what residency Rusney is claiming for tax purposes but he does keep an apartment in Boston, just in case...

Yeah, that could change things depending on how much time he spends at the apartment (he probably stays in Boston sometimes when the Pawtucket team is at home). But I don't think that the location of the employer parent company makes a difference there.
   17. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: November 04, 2019 at 10:29 PM (#5898653)
Given that this is the last year of his contract, if he were to have a white-hot start to the season, could some team see him as a legit half-season rental to solve a hole in their outfield?

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