The Cincinnati Reds are not likely going to be bringing back free agent outfielder Nick Castellanos. Reds general manager Nick Krall spoke with the media on Saturday evening and was asked about Castellanos and possibly coming back.
“We have not been engaged with his representatives.”
That’s about as definitive of a statement as you can have. So if you were holding out hope that there would be a reunion, those hopes are likely dashed at this point. Things of course can always change, but it seems very unlikely that if they aren’t even talking at this point that it would take some absolutely unforeseeable circumstances for all of that to change.
While Castellanos does seem to be off the table, the team hasn’t been sitting on their hands since the lockout was lifted.
“We called agents and other teams,” said Krall about the first thing the front office did when the lockout was over. “We touched base with every team and about every agent that we possibly could. Our focus is looking at long term success and focus on sustainability. Everything we do is geared toward those two goals in mind.”
The outfield situation is undetermined
With Nick Castellanos seemingly out of the picture, Krall was asked about what the outfield situation looks like, but couldn’t provide a good answer just yet since everyone isn’t in camp at this point.
“Right now coming into camp we’ve got Wink (Jesse Winker) in left, Tyler Naquin in center/right. We’ve got to re-evaluate Nick Senzel, where he is. We need to re-evaluate Shogo (Akiyama), from a health standpoint when he gets here. We just haven’t seen these players and where they are, so it’s tough to answer that one right now.”
Lucas Sims is behind
As things go every spring, some players are going to be behind for one reason or another. This year one of those players is going to be Lucas Sims, who is delayed with what Krall said was “some elbow stuff”. It was not specified just how far behind he was.
Update at 9:45pm
Sims told Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer later in the day that he’s “all clear” with regards to any injury concerns.
Lucas Sims could be a pivotal part of the bullpen in 2022. He had a bit of a strange season in 2021, posting a 4.40 ERA in 47 games while striking out 76 batters in 47.0 innings pitched and allowing just 34 hits. In the first half of the season he posted a 5.02 ERA and hit the injured list in late June after giving up three runs without recording an out against Minnesota. After returning on August 9th he posted a 3.44 ERA over his final 19 games of the season.
Tony Santillan had offseason surgery
The 2021 season was a good one for Tony Santillan. As a rookie he pitched in 26 games – mostly out of the bullpen – and posted a 2.91 ERA in 43.1 innings where he struck out 56 batters. During the offseason he underwent ankle surgery, but he’s back on the mound and is already throwing bullpen sessions according to Nick Krall.