Nick Castellanos has turned down the Cincinnati Reds qualifying offer of 1-year, $18,400,000 and he will become a free agent. This was first reported by Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The news shouldn’t come as much of a shock to anyone. After opting out of the remaining two years of his contract that guaranteed him $34,000,000 it was apparent that Castellanos was going to test the free agent market. By declining the qualifying offer the Cincinnati Reds will either get a draft pick after the 1st round or after the 2nd round. If he signs a deal worth more than $50,000,000 the pick will come after the 1st round in the next draft. If the deal is worth less than $50,000,000 then Cincinnati will get an additional draft pick after the 2nd round.
ESPN’s Kiley McDaniels (former scout, former Atlanta front office member) thinks that it will actually be close as to whether the Reds land a 1st or 2nd round pick. In his latest projection of the top 50 free agents ($$) he pegs Nick Castellanos to sign a 3-year deal worth $54,000,000.
If you think that feels light for a hitter coming off of a .309/.362/.576 season with 38 doubles and 34 home runs, you may not be alone. Historically that kind of season gets a guy paid better than a 3-year deal at that price. But McDaniels notes that a longer deal may leave teams concerned that his approach doesn’t play as well as he ages and his bat slows down. We’ll have to wait and see how this one plays out over the next few months (or perhaps even longer if we wind up seeing the owners lock out the players over the winter without a collective bargaining agreement in place).
Reds hire Jeremy Farrell, promote Casey Weathers
The Cincinnati Reds announced that they had hired Jeremy Farrell and promoted Casey Weathers to help run the farm system. Farrell is coming over from the Chicago Cubs organization and he will be taking over as the Director of Player Development – a role that was left vacant for much of the minor league season when Eric Lee left the organization in June. Casey Weathers has been promoted from within the organization where he was working in Goodyear at the complex level of the farm to be the co-pitching coordinator and work alongside Bryan Conger, who held the role by himself in the 2021 season. You can read a bit more about the two moves at RedsMinorLeagues.com.