Cincinnati Reds outfielder and All-Star Nick Castellanos has opted out of his contract which still had two-years and $34 million on it according to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman.
The move on Castellanos' end was expected as he should have a chance to earn more than what was remaining on his deal in free agency. One team that could have some interest is the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Phillies will undoubtedly be active in the free agent market. In remains to be seen what position the team prioritizes, especially considering the lack of a new collective bargaining agreement. If the universal designated hitter does come to the National League, it could shake up the market even further.
Additonally, Philadelphia just declined options on both Andrew McCutchen and Odúbel Herrera. It's possible that the team could bring the two back, but regardless they will be looking for some outfield help.
Castellanos is an option in the sense that he can play left field, which he has done in the minor leagues, and he is a fantastic DH option. He also meets the description of a "middle-of-the-lineup" bat that President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski wants to bring in to the team this winter.
In 2021, Castellanos hit .309/.362/.576 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs. The All-Star is a pure hitter, who when added to the lineup with Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, Rhys Hoskins, and Jean Segura, could make it one of the best in baseball.
However, Castellanos won't come cheap as Spotrac projects his market value to sit around the six-year and $128 million mark taking him into his age 35 season. Adding the outfielder to the team would likely mean that the franchise will have to address some of the other holes on the roster in a cheaper fashion.
For many, the closer role and the rotation could use a boost, and by adding Castellanos the Phillies may have to shop in the bargain bin to help bolster those two areas. However, his presence could help Philadelphia take the next step towards their ultimate goal of returning to the postseason for the first time in a decade and winning a World Series.
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