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Phillies reportedly open to trading 1 star player

Rob Thomson at a press conference

Oct 19, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; Philadelphia Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson (59) speaks to the media before the game against the San Diego Padres on game two of the NLCS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies are coming off a season in which they were just one win short of a second consecutive World Series appearance, but that may not stop them from making a major lineup change this winter.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com was told by a source that the Phillies are open to trading outfielder Nick Castellanos during the offseason.

Castellanos signed a 5-year, $100 million contract with the Phillies prior to the 2022 season. He is owed $20 million per year through the next three seasons, which is reasonable for a 31-year-old with his level of production. However, Feinsand wonders if the Phillies could prefer to spend that money on a replacement if they can find a suitor for Castellanos.

Castellanos hit .272 with 29 home runs and a career-high 106 RBI during the regular season. He struggled as the year went on, however, and was eventually dropped all the way to eighth in the lineup.

Though he had some monster moments to help lead Philadelphia to a win in the ALDS, Castellanos went ice cold during the ALCS. He had just one hit in Game 1 and went hitless over the remaining six games of the series, which the Phillies lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Castellanos struck out a whopping 11 times in the series.

The possibility of Castellanos being traded provides some different context to the viral TV moment he had during the ALDS.

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