Nick Castellanos Cincinnati Reds

Age: 29 (March 04, 1992) | 6' 4" | 203lbs. | Bats: Right OF-135 RF-57 DH-1 PH-1
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
DET AL 2017 157 614 73 167 41 142 36 10 26 101 4 5 .272 .320 .490 6 21 .313 37/25/38 23 21
DET AL 2018 157 620 88 185 49 151 46 5 23 89 2 1 .298 .354 .500 7 22 .361 35/29/36 27 26
DET AL 2019 100 403 57 110 31 96 37 3 11 37 2 1 .273 .328 .462 7 22 .332 38/23/39 10 11
CHC NL 2019 51 212 43 68 10 47 21 0 16 36 0 1 .321 .356 .646 4 21 .347 37/22/42 13 12
CIN NL 2020 60 218 37 49 19 69 11 2 14 34 0 2 .225 .298 .486 8 29 .257 35/26/39 17 18
CIN NL 2021 138 531 95 164 41 121 38 1 34 100 3 1 .309 .362 .576 7 21 .340 38/27/36 34 32
Career 9yrs 1086 4109 540 1143 294 1030 278 35 168 594 14 17 .278 .329 .486 7 23 .331 n/a
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I expect him to get more than $17 million AAV.  For me, more like 5/100.  Opting out was a no-brainer.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Nov 9

Ken Davidoff has him in the AL already and clearly doesn't think he should have opted out.

16. Nick Castellanos (OF, Age 29)

The highest-ranking person on this list to opt out of an existing contract. 

Prediction: Guardians, five years, $85 million

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 9

Yep, an NL DH rule change would greatly increase his number of suitors.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Nov 9

With a -1.3 dWAR, he's going to wait for the new CBA before he signs.

Declines qualifying offer
November 8, 2021
Castellanos declined the one-year, $18.4 million qualifying offer from the Reds on Monday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
ANALYSIS
The 29-year-old declined his $16 million player option for 2022 last week, so Cincinnati decided to extend him the qualifying offer. Castellanos unsurprisingly declined, and the Reds will now receive draft pick compensation depending on the specifics of his new deal, assuming he signs elsewhere. He should receive significant interest on the open market after hitting .309/.362/.576 with 34 homers, 38 doubles, 100 RBI and 95 runs in 138 games during 2021.
Alex Patton Alex
Nov 9

Not hard to turn down this option.

Nick Castellanos (OF) - Nov. 05
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=811424

GM Nick Krall said Friday the Reds will extend Castellanos the $18.4 million qualifying offer for 2022, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Castellanos recently declined his $16 million player option for 2022, and it's not a surprise Cincinnati will extend the qualifying offer given he's likely to receive a significant multi-year contract this offseason. The 29-year-old will almost certainly decline the offer and instead test the open market. He enjoyed the most productive season of his career in 2021, hitting .309/.362/.576 with 34 homers, 38 doubles, 100 RBI and 95 runs in 138 games.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 6

I think most teams will not sign players quickly. But, they will have a window to do so between the end of the World Series and the expiration of the CBA.  At that point I expect management to lock out the players.  There won't be any signings during the lockout until a new CBA is reached. The idea behind the lockout is to put pressure on free agent players to pressure the Union to agree to a lesser deal.  As the players saw during the first set of pandemic negotiations, management prefers less baseball, as strange as that sounds.  Almost all of the shared revenue is generated during the playoffs rather than the regular season.  Individual teams make money during the regular season, but that's unbalanced revenue.  Teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, and Cubs will want to make a quicker deal b/c they will be losing out on their regular season windfalls. Others would prefer no baseball until the playoffs.  The Pirates make a ton of money in the playoffs just by existing despite never being in.

If Castellanos opts out he will be taking a risk, but if he doesn't, these three years will be his last big payday.  It's a tough call on his part. Even if he does opt out, will he get more than 3 years of big money? I think he may be better served to not opt out, but I don't know the market for corner outfielders.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Oct 9

Gets him two points behind Soto for the batting crown.

Nick Castellanos (OF) CIN - Sep. 20
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=808012

Castellanos went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and two runs in the win over the Pirates on Monday.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The right fielder hit a two-RBI double in the third inning, opening the scoring for the Reds. He later singled in Jonathan India in the eighth inning. After getting only one multi-hit game in his previous 13 contests, Castellanos has notched two straight while going 5-for-8 with four RBI.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 21

Inside the numbers Nick Castellanos 20 and 21.....60 games both seasons

Walk rate 2020 7.9% 2021 7.9%

Line Drive rate 2020 26% 2021 32.2%

BABIP vs lefties 2020 .237 2021 .469

HR/Fly rate 2020 23.7% 2021 23.5%

Exit Velocity 2020 91.0 2021 90.7

Barrel% 2020 16% 2021 9.2% 

Overall BABIP 2020 .257 2021 .414

van wilhoite LVW
Jun 12

A little more pricey than Brogdon and Naquin, Kent, but here's someone who is off to a good start. When you touch them all more often than you walk back to the dugout, you are definitely seeing the ball.

For the record: in six games, Nick has fanned twice and hit four homers (also two doubles and a triple).

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 8

It seems 2020 never happened.

Nick Castellanos (OF) CIN - Apr. 04

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=768664

Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a triple, a three-run home run and two total runs scored in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: A day after being ejected because he "re-engaged the pitcher in unnecessary fashion" after scoring on a wild pitch (crew chief Jim Reynolds' words), Castellanos broke the game open with his second homer of the young season. Castellanos already has six hits, including four for extra bases, through three games in 2021.

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 5