The Cincinnati Reds never even called Nick Castellanos this offseason. At least that’s what he told Jomboy Media’s Chris Rose this morning on The Chris Rose Rotation. Castellanos was on the short for 46 minutes, but around the 34-minute mark Rose asked him about the Reds and what’s going on here. Here’s that specific exchange:
CR: You spent two years in Cincinnati and they loved you there. Now as kind of an outsider is it tough to see what they’re doing?
NC: Well no, it’s not because I didn’t even get a phone call.
CR: What do you mean? The Reds didn’t even call you when you opted out?
CR: Were you disappointed?
NC: I was. So the thing was, I went in with a blank slate. I’m taking all this information in. I don’t want to have a preconceived notion of what it should be. Right? I kind of learned that lesson from my first free agency. This was my second. So once that happened and you kind of see the moves that they made….. they’re cutting payroll, ya know? You started to see that immediately after the 2020 season. And they’re not doing that because they believe in prospects more than the other, it’s because really good guys like Nick Krall are given a certain budget and they’re only able to work with what their budget allows them to do?
CR: Would you have appreciated a call from somebody in the front office who just said “Hey Nick, we love what you’ve done the last two years but we’re not going to be able to afford you.”?
NC: Uh, sure. But I guess, how do you know what you can afford unless you make an offer? And the reason why gestures like that are important is because us as baseball players, we’re out there playing with emotion. I cared about the Reds, I cared about the city of Cincinnati, I cared about the fans that went there every day. Just in return you want to make sure you are cared for as well. But that’s when the business portion really like loses – players can’t rationalize that because we didn’t get here by looking at the game as a business, we got here looking at the game as our life.
CR: Fair. That’s really fair. I feel badly for the fans of Cincinnati.
NC: So do I.
Rewinding just over a month, I guess the question is: Why did Jon Heyman mention that the Cincinnati Reds were back in the running for Nick Castellanos on March 18th? Who was it that was telling him that? I guess it’s possible that the Reds could have been interested while not actually ever having talked to him for the entire offseason, but that would feel strange.