Chicago Cubs: Nick Castellanos reportedly signing with NL team


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Castellanos will be playing for the Reds (Brad Mills - USA Today Sports)
Castellanos will be playing for the Reds (Brad Mills - USA Today Sports)

The NL Central just got a little tougher for the Chicago Cubs.

Free-agent outfielder Nick Castellanos has reached a four-year deal worth $64 million with an opt-out after the first year with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, pending a physical.

Other finalists for his services included the Rangers, Giants, and Cubs. The Reds now have six outfielders for three positions so there might be a trade or two forthcoming with that organization between now and Opening Day.

His hitting projection with the Reds per Fangraphs is .281 with 27 homers and 88 RBIs in 2020.

In 2019, Castellanos hit .289 with 27 homers, 73 RBIs, 100 runs and led the league in doubles with 58. The 58 doubles was the most since Todd Helton (59) in 2000 and most by a righty since 1936.

During his 51-game stint (212 at-bats) with the Cubs last season, he hit .321 with 21 doubles, 1.002 on-base percentage plus slugging, and 16 homers.

In the last three seasons, he has led the majors with an impressive total of 140 doubles.

The Cubs will miss out on Castellanos but reportedly have signed outfielder Steven Souza to a one-year deal to bolster their outfield depth.

The ballclub will hope for some offensive progression in the outfield from Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ, Albert Almora Jr. and Jason Heyward.

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