Nick Castellanos can hit. He’s hit for quite a while in Major League Baseball. Over his last four seasons in Detroit he had posted an OPS+ of 118, with a best mark of 128 in the 2018 season. In a third of a season, 51 games, with the Chicago Cubs after being traded at the deadline, he posted a 151 OPS+ by hitting .321/.356/.646. Castellanos has stated that he felt the ballpark in Detroit severely hampered his power. His jump to Chicago certainly saw him hit for the kind of power in a third of a season that he had never shown before, giving some credence to what he was saying.
Mike Petriello of MLB.com decided to take a deeper dive into just how much of a difference the ballpark makes with regards to Nick Castellanos, and if moving to Great American Ballpark’s home run friendly park will actually help him out.
There’s some interesting stuff within the article, so you should probably be sure to check it out and read all of it. But there are two things that seem to be important within: The change in ballparks last year to Great American Ballpark may be worth six additional home runs. That’s huge. But that there’s also reason to think that maybe that won’t happen based on a few other factors – but either way, he’s probably going to remain a good hitter, just how good we don’t really know.
Reds lose Jose Siri to the Mariners
When Cincinnati signed Nick Castellanos they needed a spot on the 40-man roster. To make a spot the team designated outfielder Jose Siri for assignment. On Monday afternoon the Seattle Mariners put in the claim and picked him up. Siri had one option remaining, unlike a handful of other outfielders on the 40-man who seem to be fighting for one or maybe two spots available. But Cincinnati’s front office just felt that he was going to have a tough time finding a spot on the team. They may have also felt that he was the most likely to get through waivers. He didn’t.
When it comes to Jose Siri, there’s some good and some not-so-good with his profile. On the good side, he’s got plenty of tools, and some of them are explosive. He’s got plus plus speed, plus defense in center field, and he’s got above-average raw power. There are worse profiles to work with, for sure. But on the not-so-good side is that he’s got poor pitch recognition, and it’s resulted in his struggles to hit for average, get on base, draw walks, and make contact. There are concerns that he’ll ever hit enough to be more than a somewhat useful bench player who can be a strong defender and good base runner with occasional power.
Reds offered Marcell Ozuna a 3-year deal
When Marcell Ozuna signed with the Atlanta Braves it was a bit of a blow to the Cincinnati Reds. They had been trying to sign the outfielder for what seemed like the entire offseason. They were first rumored to be interested in Ozuna before the World Series was over, and had kept up their pursuit the entire time. At the time of the signing it was reported that Cincinnati had made a multi-year offer, though the details weren’t out there. Well, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network the Reds offered him a 3-year deal for $50,000,000. Ozuna chose a higher salary for 2020 over more money guaranteed, hoping to perform well in 2020 and get a larger, longer deal.