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Friday, June 5, 2020

Nicholas Castellanos agrees to deal with Reds

The Cincinnati Reds have made another move that proves they are trying to contend in 2020.

Free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos has agreed to a multi-year contract with the Reds, Ken Rosenthal and C. Trent Rosencrans of The Athletic first reported. The deal is reportedly for four years.

Castellanos was the top free agent remaining on the market. The 27-year-old batted .289 with 27 homers and 73 RBI in time split between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs last year. He’s a career .277 hitter.

The Reds have been very active this winter after missing the playoffs last year for a sixth consecutive season. In addition to Castellanos, they have also signed third baseman Mike Moustakas, Japanese outfielder Shogo Akiyama and veteran starting pitcher Wade Miley.

Castellanos was being pursued by at least two other teams, with the Atlanta Braves looking like they may have been the biggest losers.

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