PITTSBURGH – After the Reds were eliminated in the postseason on Tuesday, Reds rightfield player Nick Castellanos began to think more about his future. Castellanos can exercise an opt-out clause on his $ 64 million four-year contract during the off-season, but he hasn’t made his decision yet.
“I don’t have any information for you just because it’s there [are] so many variables that have not yet unfolded, ”said Castellanos on the field at PNC Park before Saturday’s game against the Pirates.
Castellanos plans to have talks with his wife Jess and agent Scott Boras after the season.
“I don’t know what I want,” said Castellanos. “There is so much information that I am going to take in. I also have to consider the status of the game. Now the collective agreement is pending. One time I take a step back from the season and have a few days at home with my family and just hang out with my wife, dog and child and we can just talk about what happened and get as much information as I can. “
On Saturday, the 29-year-old Castellanos already reached new career highs in terms of batting average, base percentage, stroke percentage, OPS and homer. He cuts .308 / .362 / .570 with 33 home runs and his 97 RBIs are just below his career mark of 101 from 2017 with the Tigers.
“It was the most consistent 162-game season I’ve ever had,” said Castellanos. “When I come back from 2019, I’ll have a hard time criticizing in any way in 2020 because it was so different. I’m proud of myself, but there are areas where I can see that I’ve missed out and where I can improve. “
Castellanos remain disappointed that the Reds were not a playoff team this year.
“We simply failed,” he said. “We didn’t make it through the postseason.”
This could be Castellanos’ second foray into the free agent market after going through it after the 2019 season before signing with Cincinnati in January 2020. He knows it could be a stressful winter trying to figure out where to play.
Even if Castellanos gets out and goes on the open market, he could still go back to the Reds. The club would likely make him a qualifying offer to make sure a compensation selection comes back if he’s defective.
“These are important decisions,” said Castellanos. “You have to balance everything that is possible: How much you like it, where you play, how close it is to home, because I have the parents, where the organization is in competition and of course the finances are also important . It’s a balance of all that will [help] make the best possible decision. It could very well be here in Cincinnati. The collective agreement could go [pot] and I’m unable to log out so I have no idea what’s going to happen. “
During his first year with the Reds, Castellanos complained that COVID-19 logs were preventing him from getting used to Cincinnati, Reds fans, and its general surroundings. His performance and intensity helped make him a fan favorite throughout 2021.
“First of all, I have great respect for the organization of the Reds; just the history of baseball in Cincinnati, how they played the game, the pride they had in the game, the chip on their shoulder that they played the game with during the time they were successful and winning ” said Castellanos. “It’s just very revealing to be able to tap into that. I think I am able to have conversation and learn what the best Reds teams all had in common just to get the most out of those traits and just incorporate them into my game to better myself close.”
When he played in the Reds’ last home game in 2021 – a 13-1 win over the Pirates on Monday, scoring a home run with five RBIs – Castellanos tried to soak up the scene for a possible good final memory.
“Great American is a beautiful ballpark,” said Castellanos. “The weather was perfect. It was a great win, the fans and everything. Of course I recorded everything. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but this was the most consistent and happiest I’ve ever played baseball … my 2021 season.” “
Red’s second baseman, Jonathan India, was not in the line-up against Pittsburgh on Saturday. India is not injured but has been in a lot of pain and aches from having played 149 games and being hit 22 times from places that are leaders in the National League.
Reds manager David Bell did not rule out taking India out of the line-up in the final on Sunday.
“He had a great season. He played through a lot, ”said Bell. “No player is 100 percent right now, physically he could be the furthest away from it. I just made the decision to get him out of there because he’ll never admit it or, for sure, won’t ask from the lineup. He wants to play so badly that I just had to do it and not talk to him about it. I only removed him from the list for his sake. “