Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Red Sox made a number of roster moves Tuesday as spring training begins to wind down.

Most notably, the team optioned Michael Chavis, one of their top hitting prospects, to Triple-A Pawtucket. Chavis went 6-for-22 this spring with 4 home runs and 10 runs batted in. He is expected to see time at first, second, and third base in the minor leagues.

Bobby Dalbec, the Red Sox other top hitting prospect, remains in camp with the big league club.

The Red Sox reassigned Rusney Castillo to minor league camp. He went hitless in three Grapefruit League plate appearances and appears destined to spend the foreseeable future in the minors due to his contract.

Castillo is owed $11 million in 2019 and $14 million in 2020, but those numbers do not count against the Red Sox luxury tax tally since he is off the 40-man roster.

He can opt out of his contract after this season.

Castillo hit .319 in Pawtucket last year, after batting .314 with 15 home runs in Triple-A in 2017. He has not been in the majors since 2016.

The Sox also sent infielder Tony Renda, first baseman Josh Ockimey, catcher Austin Rei, and pitchers Mike Shawaryn and Carson Smith to minor league camp.

Pitchers Chandler Sheppard, Travis Lakins, and Josh Taylor were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

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