MLB Insider Shares Divisive Opinion on Possible Nick Castellanos Trade

Could the Philadelphia Phillies make a move to trade Nick Castellanos at this year's MLB trade deadline?
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The Philadelphia Phillies are the best team in MLB and are currently on a historic pace, a pace not seen by another Phillies squad since 1892.

Of course there is always room for improvement and one area they may look to upgrade is right field, the position that Nick Castellanos currently occupies.

It will come as no surprise to Philadelphia fans that there is some chatter surrounding the potential trade of Castellanos.

Of course, there are a few issues. First is his five-year, $100 million contract that runs through the 2026 MLB season and he age-34 season.

The next is his performances both this year and last. In 2024, Castellanos is slashing just .206/.278/.312 with five home runs, a far cry from his time with the Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds in which he became known as an All-Star slugger.

So, can the Phillies move Castellanos and how much will cost them? One reader of The Athletic asked MLB insider Jim Bowden that exact question and here was what he said.

"Castellanos makes $20 million per year through the 2026 season and is not tradable at that price point without paying at least 50 percent to 70 percent of his remaining salary," writes Bowden. "However, at age 32, he should be able to perform much better in the second half and still end up with 20 home runs and 70 RBIs by the end of the season. But I would prepare for him to finish his career as a Phillie."

It's hard to disagree with Bowden's rationale. Castellanos looks like a very overpaid player at this point in his career and there has not been any marked improvement in his performance over the course of the last two seasons.

Moving Castellanos will seem almost impossible. Instead, the Phillies may very well have to ride out his contract and hope that he can return to some type of form that resembles the player he used to be.

Kade Kistner


Kade Kistner is the publisher and beat writer for Sports Illustrated's Inside the Phillies. An alumnus of Tulane University, Kade graduated in 2017 with a degree in Latin American Studies and a minor in Spanish. Upon graduation, Kade commissioned into the United States Navy and attended Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Fl. He served as a Naval Aviator and was stationed in Jacksonville, Fl.  During his time in school and the Navy, Kade began covering the MLB and NFL with USA Today, SB Nation, and Sports Illustrated.  Kade covered the New Orleans Saints, Texas Rangers, and numerous other teams within the Sports Illustrated network before launching Inside the Phillies, Inside the Astros, and Inside the Cubs. You can follow him on Twitter at @KadeKistner, or if you have any questions or comments he can be reached via email at