The Phillies have loaded up with one other top-level bat.
Philadelphia has agreed to a five-year, $100 million contract with All-Star outfielder Nick Castellanos. MLB Community’s Jon Heyman was first to report that the 2 sides had been shut on a deal, whereas ESPN’s Jeff Passan was first to announce they had been in settlement. Heyman reported the figures.
It is the second big-time signing of an offensive participant by the Phillies in latest days, as they reportedly reached an settlement with Kyle Schwarber earlier this week. Neither that deal or the Castellanos one has change into official but as they each are pending physicals.
Castellanos and Schwarber will kind one of many league’s prime offensive trios together with Bryce Harper, the reigning MVP within the Nationwide League. Harper had been advocating for the Phillies so as to add a bat throughout post-lockout free company, they usually went out and obtained two superstars as a substitute.
Final season was the perfect but for Castellanos, as he made his first All-Star Recreation and hit over .300 for the primary time as a giant leaguer en path to Silver Slugger honors and a 12th place end in MVP voting. He hit .309/.362/.576 with 34 homers and 100 RBI. He logged a 136 OPS+, that means he was considerably higher than the league common hitter (100).
Over a nine-year profession, Castellanos has hit 168 homers and racked up 594 RBI with the Tigers, Cubs and Reds. He is logged a profession line of .278/.329/.486 in that point.