For those that perhaps live under a rock, the Cubs will not be bringing back fan-favorite Nicholas Castellanos. The trade deadline acquisition from last season signed a four-year, $64 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds.
As a huge fan of Castellanos, this one hurts. However, the Cubs could not do anything from a dollar perspective to get a potential deal done.
There are a few intriguing notes in Castellanos’ contract. For example, he has opt-outs after both 2020 and 2021. The idea behind that: this allows Castellanos to get a really big-ticket deal next year while still very much in his prime, after 2020 assuming he has a monster year.
So fear not Cubs fans, he could return next year as the Cubs gain payroll flexibility next year. Is it likely? No. Is it possible? Anything is possible.
Good for Nick on getting paid. After how great he was for the Cubs in the second half, he deserved to get paid.
On top of the Castellanos news, the Cubs are reportedly interested in former Reds and Giants second baseman Scooter Gennett.
The move would be in line with the Cubs’ offseason. They’ve signed low-risk, high-reward players, and Gennett could fit that bill. It’s still uncertain if the Cubs will land him, but it’s encouraging that the Cubs are looking to do something.
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