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Reports: Nick Castellanos, Phils agree to five-year, $100M deal

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Cincinnati Reds right fielder Nick Castellanos (2) hits a home run in the sixth inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati.
Credit: Meg Vogel / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Philadelphia Phillies added a big bat to their lineup, agreeing to a five-year, $100 million deal with free agent outfielder Nick Castellanos, multiple media outlets reported Friday night.

Considered a strong hitter but a below average fielder, Castellanos could wind up manning the designated hitter spot for the Phillies with the National League adding the DH as a result of the new collective bargaining agreement.

Castellanos, 30, was selected to the All-Star Game for the first time last season, as a member of the Cincinnati Reds. He finished the year with 34 homers, 100 RBIs and a .309 batting average in 138 games, and he earned his first Silver Slugger honor.

In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, he had 14 homers, 34 RBIs and a .225 batting average for the Reds. Castellanos produced an American League-high 10 triples in 2017, when he hit 26 homers, drove in 101 runs and batted .272 for the Detroit Tigers.

For his nine-year career, he has 168 homers, 594 RBIs, a .329 on-base percentage and a .486 slugging percentage. Castellanos has played for the Tigers (2013-19), the Chicago Cubs (2019) and the Reds.

–Field Level Media