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Nicholas Castellanos Exercises Opt Out, Becomes Free Agent

Former Cub Nicholas Castellanos has opted out of his contract with the Reds. He will now hit the free-agent market in search of a massive contract.
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Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos watches as he hits a sacrifice fly during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Cincinnati, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

The hot stove has been ignited and is starting to warm up. Less than 100 hours after the Braves were crowned the 2021 World Series champions, the MLB offseason is starting to move. Players have declared for free agency and those with contract opt-outs are beginning to utilize those as well. That said, one name in particular is drawing a lot of attention.

Ah yes, Nicholas Castellanos is now a free agent. The former Cub, and former Red most recently, is going to cash in big this offseason. After opting out of his four-year deal that was only due to pay him $34 million in the final two seasons, the 29-year-old is due for a massive payday after a very good season.

In 2020, Castellanos struggled a bit, just as most stars did, slashing .225/.298/.486 with 14 home runs and 34 RBIs in the shortened 60-game season. However, he rebounded mightily by slashing .309/.362/.576 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs for the Reds. Even with missing time, the former Cub was dynamic at the plate.

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Now, he seeks a massive payday. Who will give him the money? That question remains to be seen, but if you think the Cubs aren't going to check in, I think you're silly. He loved playing in Chicago, is still relatively young, and is the perfect power bat to complement the current makeup of the roster. In addition, who doesn't love Nick? But, more on that later (a little foreshadowing).