The Philadelphia Phillies just made another huge splash in the free-agent market, signing outfielder Nick Castellanos to a five-year $100 million deal. The Phillies now have their starting everyday left fielder. This move was one of the best moves the Phillies could possibly make. They had a desperate need for someone in left field and they just signed probably the best left fielder on the market. Castellanos brings an elite hitting ability to a now bolstered Phillies lineup. They already went out and signed Kyle Schwarber, and now with the addition of Castellanos, this Phillies starting lineup is scary.
Castellanos’ 2021 Numbers
This past season was the best season Castellanos has had in his entire career. In the 2021 season, Castellanos hit for a .309 batting average, 30 home runs, and 100 RBIs. In addition to these stats, Castellanos also recorded, a .362 on-base percentage, a slugging percentage of .576, he also posted some of the lowest strikeout numbers of his career, while also recording some of the most walks he has drawn in his entire career. In addition to that, during the 2021 season, he made an All-Star Game appearance, and a Silver Slugger award, both being awarded to him for the first time in his career. Castellanos truly took a big step in his game in 2021, and he looks to carry that momentum in Philadelphia in the 2022 season.
Impact of Addition
Castellanos brings an elite power bat with the ability to hit the long ball whenever and wherever. Especially in a hitter-friendly park like Citizens Bank Park, Castellanos is sure to thrive during his time in Philadelphia. The biggest question about Castellanos is his defense, which has been questionable at times, he makes up for it with an elite bat. As of right now, it appears that the Phillies are finished making moves, however, this offseason was quite successful, they now have an actual lineup that can contend with the other teams in the NL East. The question is now can everything else fall into place and can they actually make a playoff run.
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