CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Reds need more runs in 2020 if they’re going to compete, and on Monday they signed a free agent who could go a long way to providing them.
Outfielder Nick Castellanos has agreed to terms on a 4-year, $64-million contract with the club through the 2023 season, Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams announced Monday evening.
The contract reportedly includes a $2 million buyout on a $20 million mutual option for 2024 as well as opt-out clauses after the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
“This is an off-season where we have prioritized adding to the offensive side of the club,” Williams said. “Nick was one of the most attractive options on the market. He has been a consistently elite producer offensively and that complements our existing team well.”
Castellanos, 27, had a .289 batting average and .337 on-base percentage in 151 games last season.
He was traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Chicago Cubs at the July 31 trade deadline. After being traded, the right-handed batter had a sterling 1.002 OPS with 21 doubles and 16 homers.
Castellanos ultimately led the league with 58 doubles, adding 27 homers, 73 RBI and 100 runs.
He is also 1 of just 5 players in MLB to produce at least 70 extra-base hits in each of the last 3 seasons, joining Nolan Arenado, Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor and J.D. Martinez, according to the Reds.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Reds reportedly designated for assignment Jose Siri.
The Reds add Castellanos to an outfield that has become somewhat crowded in the offseason with the addition of Japanese All-Star Shogo Akiyama, a career-.301 hitter
Castellanos and Akiyama join outfielders Phillip Ervin, Jesse Winker, Nick Senzel and Aristides Aquino.
Rumors abound that Senzel is now on the trading block as the team continues to search for improvement at shortstop over Freddy Galvis, but the opt-out clause in Castellanos’ contract figures to weigh on that decision, as the outfield could become dangerously thin after 2020 if he decides to leave and the Aquino experiment falters.