Again earlier than the nearly-100-day MLB lockout commenced, 2021 All-Star outfielder Nick Castellanos elected to choose out of his contract with the Cincinnati Reds and formally grow to be a free agent. The 30-year-old was rumored to be “drawing curiosity” from the likes of the Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants early within the offseason.
Now that spring coaching is underway, there’s reportedly a brand new front-runner for buying Castellanos.
Castellanos might be getting into his 10th MLB season this spring and is coming off of arguably his finest yr, as he made his first ever All-Star staff. The previous first-round decide of the Detroit Tigers made his large league debut in September 2013, and after hitting 11 residence runs and accumulating 66 RBIs in the course of the 2014 season, he completed eighth in that yr’s Rookie of the 12 months voting.
Castellanos would stick with the Tigers till he was moved to the Chicago Cubs on the 2019 commerce deadline. He completed out the 2019 marketing campaign with the Cubs, notching 16 residence runs and 36 RBIs, to associate with a superb .321/.356/.646 slash line, in simply 51 video games and 525 plate appearances.
The Hialeah, Florida native signed with the Reds within the 2020 offseason, and within the pandemic-shortened marketing campaign, hit 14 residence runs and picked up 34 RBIs throughout 60 video games and 242 plate appearances. The best-fielder broke out in a giant method in 2021, setting career-highs in residence runs (34), batting common (.309), on-base share (.362) and slugging share (.576).