Nicholas Castellanos is still a free agent. The Miami Marlins are still one of those teams that should look to sign the outfielder before the start of Spring Training.
It’s hard to believe that Castellanos, who has once projected to be a top free agent this offseason, has not come to terms with any MLB team. Other sluggers have signed deals, with Marcell Ozuna being the latest to ink a deal this past week with Atlanta.
Castellanos, a South Florida native, was rumored to be a target of the Marlins long before the end of the 2019 season.
Now, as MLB.com reports, he is still searching for a home in the Marlins should be one of those teams looking to inquire about his willingness to join the organization.
Mike Petriello writes Miami and the San Francisco Giants should be part of the mix to grab the former Cubs star up right now.
“It’s fair to point out that these clubs also lost a lot of games last year — 105 in Miami’s case — and don’t seem terribly likely to make noise this year, either,” Petriello adds. “But we’re setting them into a separate category, simply because there’s been something to connect the sides here; in November, we heard the Marlins might have him on their radar.”
Miami signed Corey Dickerson to a two-year deal earlier this off-season and has made other key changes to its lineup, including a trade for Jonathan Villar and signing Jesus Aguilar and Matt Kemp in free agency.
The one thing that signing Castellanos to a contract now my present is where would he play? Both corner outfield spots have been taken by Dickerson and Brian Anderson who is playing in right field. Villar plays at third base and the rest of the infield is set. The only way something like this would work is if Anderson moves back to third base. Villar would move to second and Isan Diaz would go to the bench.
It’s been a long time since you could say Marlins had too many players at one position.
“It still doesn’t seem likely he ends up in either spot. Still, you can see the appeal,” Petriello writes. “The Giants have an inexperienced and heavily left-handed outfield, while the Marlins have tried to upgrade baseball’s lowest-slugging offense … attempting to support what’s an interesting and talented young pitching staff. Castellanos was born in nearby Davie, Fla., and he graduated from high school in Ft. Lauderdale.”