The stove is certainly hot around Major League Baseball right now. In Cincinnati, however, it’s, well, not. Nick Castellanos turned down the Reds qualifying offer after the 2021 season when he opted out of his contract and became a free agent. This morning Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported that Castellanos was drawing interest from both the Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants.
It’s not surprising that Nick Castellanos is drawing plenty of interest in free agency. The now former Reds outfielder is coming off of a season where he hit .309/.362/.576 with 38 doubles, a triple, and 34 home runs in 138 games played. Over the last four seasons he’s posted an .872 OPS (and a 125 OPS+). He’s a very good hitter.
What we are noticing here is that the Cincinnati Reds were not mentioned here (or really anywhere else) in the rumors for Nick Castellanos. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t interested. The Reds have generally been pretty quiet and keep their activity very close to the vest. With that said, you don’t need to read too much into the comments made by Castellanos last week to get a feeling that he probably isn’t returning to Cincinnati.
There hasn’t been a lot going on with regards to the Reds since the offseason began. Yesterday we heard that they were signing Connor Overton, but that is a minor league deal for a 28-year-old with 15.1 career innings in the big leagues. It’s early, but this offseason is looking a lot like last offseason – cutting costs and rumors of trading established, good pitching.
Adding to the 40-man roster
Friday evening is the deadline for teams around Major League Baseball to add minor league players to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. Anyone who was signed in 2017 or earlier is eligible if left unprotected. Anyone who was 19 and signed in 2018 (re: college players drafted that season and a very select group of international signings) will also be eligible if left unprotected.
One player stands out above the rest of the guys: Hunter Greene. He’s going to be protected. But there are a handful of other guys who you can make some argument in either direction for. And over at RedsMinorLeagues.com I looked at 11 of these players ahead of the deadline.