Giants: Pros and cons of signing Nicholas Castellanos
By Jeff Young
The Giants have been connected to outfielder Nicholas Castellanos for much of the offseason as they look to add a power hitting, corner outfielder to the roster.
As a right-handed slugger, adding Nicholas Castellanos would check off a number of boxes for the San Francisco Giants.
The team has been linked to the 27-year-old throughout the offseason, and he is one of the top remaining bats on the free-agent market.
However, the Giants are not his only suitor:
While Castellanos appears to have a stout market, the Giants will have to determine if the pros outweigh the cons in signing him.
Last season, he posted a .289/.337/.525 line with 27 home runs and 73 RBI across 664 plate appearances.
He certainly helped his future earnings by going on a tear following a midseason trade to the Chicago Cubs. In 51 games following the trade, he recorded a .321/.356/.646 line with 16 home runs and 36 RBI.
While the Cubs playoff push fell short, it was not due to the production from Castellanos as he lived up to the expectations of being a major trade deadline acquisition.
The longtime Detroit Tigers standout is a free agent for the first time in his career. MLB Trade Rumors predicted that Castellanos will secure a four-year, $58 million contract at the start of the offseason.
The caveat to that prediction is that nearly every high-profile free agent has scored a contract significantly higher than their projected earnings. Castellanos is likely to land a contract much higher than his predicted figure as well.
As a result, the Giants will have to decide if Castellanos is worth the inflated investment.