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Cincinnati Reds’ Nick Castellanos declines qualifying offer

Cincinnati Reds right fielder Nick Castellanos (2) walks through the dugout after hitting a sacrifice fly to score Jonathan India in the fourth inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. The Reds led 8-1 in the top of the sixth inning.

Pittsburgh Pirates At Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds right fielder Nick Castellanos (2) walks through the dugout after hitting a sacrifice fly to score Jonathan India in the fourth inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. The Reds led 8-1 in the top of the sixth inning. Pittsburgh Pirates At Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos declined the team’s one-year, $18.4 million qualifying offer and officially became a free agent, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Monday.

If Castellanos signs a contract with another team for more than $50 million, the Reds will receive a compensation pick after the first round of the 2022 draft.

An All-Star for the first time in 2021, Castellanos already opted out of the final two years and $32 million on the four-year, $64-million deal he signed with the Reds in advance of the 2020 season. He also had an opt-out last offseason.

Castellanos batted .309 with 34 homers and 100 RBIs in 138 games last season. He is a career .278 hitter with 168 homers and 594 RBIs in 1,086 games with the Detroit Tigers (2013-19), Chicago Cubs (2019) and Reds.

–Field Level Media