Nick Castellanos Cincinnati Reds

Age: 28 (March 4, 1992) | 6' 4" | 203lbs. | Bats: Right OF-140 LF-11 RF-137 DH-11 PH-1
DET AL 2016 110 411 54 117 28 111 25 4 18 58 1 1 .285 .331 .496 6 25 .345 31/26/43 16 15
DET AL 2017 157 614 73 167 41 142 36 10 26 101 4 5 .272 .320 .490 6 21 .313 37/25/38 23 21
DET AL 2018 157 620 88 185 49 151 46 5 23 89 2 1 .298 .354 .500 7 22 .361 35/29/36 27 26
DET AL 2019 100 403 57 110 31 96 37 3 11 37 2 1 .273 .328 .462 7 22 .332 38/23/39 10 11
CHC NL 2019 51 212 43 68 10 47 21 0 16 36 0 1 .321 .356 .646 4 21 .347 37/22/42 13 12
2020 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0.00 n/a
Career 7yrs 888 3360 408 930 234 840 229 32 120 460 11 14 .277 .326 .471 6 23 .333 n/a
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John Hobbs Real-Joker
Mar 18

And Rule V draftee Mark Payton who slugged .653 in AAA last year. If he does opt out they can give a QO and either get compensation or have him for a negligible increase. I think Aquino's September scares them(though it was actually roughly the first half) and I'm not convinced Shogo is an upgrade offensively over Winker(though he is in defensive, speed, and versatility).

I personally would have preferred a Winker/Ervin platoon in LF and signing either Shogo or Castellanos instead of both. 

van wilhoite LVW
Jan 29

Seems like a really weird deal for the Reds ... they already have Winker (111 OPS+), Aquino (122), Ervin (a platoon heavy 102), Schebler (terrible in 2019, but a 101-107 in the 3 previous years.

They have Senzel, who's effectively blocked from the IF, and needs MLB PT at this stage of his career.

They just signed Akiyama.

And they sign Castellanos to a contract that basically pushes all the risk on the Reds - the annual price really isn't a discount given his established performance level the last 2 years, if he breaks out he leaves, and if he regresses to his 2015-2017 1.0 WAR level of play they're stuck with him.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jan 28

Four years, $64 million -- so a little more thanTrade Rumors predicted -- and he can opt out after this year.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 28

And he's a Red.  Reds and Brewers have like 16 starting outfielders between the two teams.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Jan 28

Nick is now the second best remaining free agent (after Josh Donaldson), according to MLB Trade Rumors. 

So far the very best free agents have gotten bigger contracts than MLBTR predicted in early November, at the beginning of the auction. This was posted yesterday...

8. Nicholas Castellanos, OF (original prediction: four years, $58MM)

  • The Cubs would still like to re-sign Castellanos, but their aversion to the luxury tax could prevent that from happening. The crosstown rival White Sox, not to mention the Rangers and Giants, have also shown recent interest in the big-hitting 27-year-old.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 4

On November 11, Steve Adams of MLB Traede Rumors had me all but convinced Nick was going to become a Marlin. Ever since, Rotoworld has been telling me otherwise.

12.23... Jon Morosi of reports that the White Sox remain interested in free agent slugger Nicholas Castellanos.
Spin: It appears the White Sox aren't done even after signing left-hander Dallas Keuchel. One of the best bats available on the free agent market, Castellanos batted .289/.337/.525 with 27 home runs, 58 doubles, 73 RBI, and 100 runs scored over 151 games between the Tigers and Cubs in 2019. He's also been linked to the Cubs, Giants, and Rangers, among others.
12.18... According to Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic, there is mutual interest between free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos and the Cubs, Giants, and Rangers.
Spin: It sounds like those three teams might be the finalists for Castellanos, though he has also been linked to the Diamondbacks and Marlins. There seems to be a bit of a staring contest happening at the moment between Castellanos and fellow free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who is said to be drawing interest from some of the same clubs. Castellanos, 27, batted .289/.337/.525 with 27 home runs, 58 doubles, 73 RBI, and 100 runs scored over 151 games (664 plate appearances) between Detroit and Chicago in 2019.
12.10... Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers have "checked in on" free agent Nicholas Castellanos.
Spin: The top priority for the Rangers right now is acquiring a third baseman, and though Castellanos played the hot corner early on in his career, he's considered more of a corner outfielder now. Texas has a bit of a log jam on its corner-outfield depth chart, so a trade or two may have to be completed before the team gets serious about chasing Castellanos. The 27-year-old has also been tied to the Giants, Cubs, Diamondbacks, and Marlins.
12.09... A rival executive told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that they believe the Giants are the "top bidder" for Nicholas Castellanos.
Spin: New Giants general manager Scott Harris was previously the assistant GM with the Cubs, where Castellanos starred for the final two months of this past season. Castellanos playing in the Giants' spacious outfield might be an adventure, although he did play better defense after joining the Cubs. San Francisco would be betting on the bat, though, and the fact that he's the youngest free agent position player at 27.
12.09... Jon Heyman of MLB Network writes that the Cubs still like outfielder Nicholas Castellanos.
Spin: A reunion is a possibility, but the Cubs have said that "they need to do some things" before making a major foray into free agency. Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, that would mean cutting some salary. For what it's worth, the Cubs are already over the luxury tax threshold for 2020. Castellanos has also been linked to the Diamondbacks and Giants and could be a better fit with those clubs.
12.04... According to's Jon Morosi, the Diamondbacks have expressed interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos.
Spin: Castellanos has also been connected to the Giants, Marlins, and Cubs, and there could be several other teams in the running as well. The 27-year-old slashed .289/.337/.525 with 27 home runs and 58 doubles over 151 games this past summer between Detroit and Chicago. He is not tied to draft pick compensation, which should help his cause in a free agent market that is already light on impactful outfielders.
12.03...'s Jon Morosi reports that the Giants are among the teams showing interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos.
Spin: Scott Harris, the new general manager in San Francisco, played a role in bringing Castellanos to Chicago this past summer as the assistant general manager of the Cubs and watched the 27-year-old explode for a .321/.356/.646 batting line with 16 home runs and 21 doubles in 51 games down the stretch. There is also known to be serious interest from the Marlins and White Sox. Castellanos is not tied to draft pick compensation due to the midseason trade from the Tigers and seems likely to strike it rich in a market that is short on high-impact outfield bats.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 27 '19
Fangraphs 2018: WAR 3.0 Bat 25 Field -13 Run 3 HR/FB 14% Pull 45% Hard 48% IFFB 3%
Fangraphs 2019: WAR 2.8 Bat 19 Field -5 Run -1 HR/FB 14% Pull 41% Hard 43% IFFB 2%
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '19