Nick Castellanos withdraws from Reds contract and becomes a free agent

Nick Castellanos did what most people expected him to do and gave up his contract with the Cincinnati Reds. Jon Heyman of the MLB Network was the first to report this. He will now be a free agent. The Cincinnati Reds can give him a qualifying offer of $ 18,400,000 for the 2022 season. If he refuses, which he almost certainly will, it will end up earning the Reds a draft pick this summer (unless he didn’t re-sign with the Reds). The type of pick they get will depend on the total amount for which Castellanos signs up.

After a quick start to his Reds career in 2020, he’s struggling a bit in a weird and shortened season. But in 2021, he bounced back and was everything he and the Reds seemed to expect when he signed his contract. The outfielder played 138 games and reached 0.309 / 0.362 / 0.576 with 38 doubles, a triple and 34 homers while scoring 95 points, leading 100 and being named a National League star.

Nick Castellanos leaves two years and $ 34,000,000 on the table with the Reds. He thinks, probably correctly, that he can get a better deal than that. It may be a question of whether or not he can make more money per year, but he should easily be able to lock in more years at a value per year at least similar to what he has now. which will bring him more in the long term and guarantee more in his market.

As for the Reds, it seems likely they will make the qualifying offer and at least talk to him about the re-signing. How serious it gets with a new deal, feel free to make your own guesses – but when the team’s statement after trading a player from Tucker Barnhart could have been that they loved what he did for the organization, but they thought it was time to open the place for Tyler Stephenson. Instead, they released a statement explaining how the organization should align its payroll with its resources.

If Castellanos does not sign again, that will leave Cincinnati with a very large place in the roster to fill. How they go about it, or where they would look – it is still too early to tell. Internal options may include finding more time for Tyler Naquin, Max Schrock, Nick Senzel or Aristides Aquino. Free trades or agencies could also be an option.

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