June 25, 2021

Reds agree to deal with Nick Castellanos (ESPN)

The Cincinnati Reds continued their busy offseason by agreeing to terms on a multiyear contract with outfielder Nick Castellanos, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan Monday.

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’s 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.

The Reds had already handed out the biggest free-agent contract in team history: four years and $64 million to infielder Mike Moustakas this offseason. Moustakas became 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 contract with the Reds, a source told ESPN. The deal includes a club option for 2022…

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