April 19, 2021

Sources — Reds agree to $64M deal with Nick Castellanos (ESPN)


The Cincinnati Reds have continued their busy offseason, matching their biggest free-agent contract in team history by agreeing to a four-year, $64 million deal with outfielder Nick Castellanos, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Monday.

The deal has an opt-out clause after the first season, sources said.

Castellanos, who undoubtedly made some money for himself after his midseason trade from the Detroit Tigers to the Chicago Cubs, continued to be a doubles machine with 58 between the two teams in 2019.

He has averaged 38 doubles in his six full seasons in the majors.

His power increased as well last season. After hitting just 11 home runs in 403 at-bats in cavernous Comerica Park, Castellanos hit 16 with the Cubs in just 212 at-bats. His OPS+ (151) in 2019 was easily the best of his career.

Castellanos’ deal matches the one the Reds gave to infielder Mike Moustakas this offseason. They will be tied as the second-highest-paid player on the roster behind Joey Votto, who makes $25 million each of the next four seasons.

Moustakas hit .254 with 35 homers and 87 RBI last season and made the All-Star team for the third time.

Left-hander Wade Miley agreed to a two-year, $15 million…

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