Serving as one of the last free agent rumors of the night before yesterday’s lockout officially began, the San Diego Padres they were “showing great interest” in the free agent, Nick Castellanos. An important disclaimer here is that teams are prohibited from contacting players or carry out transactions during the duration of this block.
Ultimately, it remains to be seen how strong the interest reported yesterday in Castellanos will persist when the transaction freeze ends. Nonetheless, here is some notable tidbit about how San Diego can operate when they are free to reinforce their roster again:
Castellanos, 29, should appeal to the Padres and several teams for one simple reason: He’s a very good hitter. In 138 games last season, the right fielder posted his personal best offensive numbers en route to a line of .309 / .362 / .576 (136 OPS +) with 34 home runs. Statcast’s metrics largely support the exit, by virtue of how often Castellanos makes hard contact.
The ability to be aggressive early in the count but avoid strikeouts is an asset that will likely give teams more confidence in the player than they had in him after a replacement-level display in 2020.
As for the defensive side of things, San Diego (and several other NL teams) may have the mindset that when the lockout subsides, the designee will exist for all 30 teams:
Placing free agent Castellanos as the 10th seed in MLB Trade Rumors in a designated spot, with occasional repeats in the outfield, seems like a perfectly reasonable move for a team whose offense was surprisingly medium last season.
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Even without the designated hitter, there may be changes in the outfield to accommodate Castellanos now that current left fielder Tommy Pham is a free agent.
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