Castellanos will remain with the Reds in 2021 after declining to exercise an opt-out clause in his contract, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. Castellanos played all 60 games during his first season with the Reds in 2020, recording a .784 OPS with 14 home runs and 34 RBI. He has opt-out clauses in his contract following the 2020 and 2021 seasons, and it's relatively unsurprising to see him remain with the Reds for a second season since teams could have less financial flexibility following the abbreviated 2020 season.
Castellanos isn't in Saturday's lineup against the Twins. Castellanos had started every game this season in his first year with the Reds, but he'll get a breather as the team prepares for the postseason. Jesse Winker will start in right field with Mike Moustakas resting his legs as the designated hitter.
Castellanos went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer and a strikeout during Tuesday's loss to the Brewers. Cincinnati put up two runs before recording an out with Castellanos' two-run shot during the opening frame, but the offense mustered only three hits the rest of the night. The 28-year-old has a .230/.304/.510 slash line with 14 homers, 11 doubles, 36 runs and 32 RBI through 56 games.
Castellanos went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's win over the White Sox. Castellanos got the party started in Cincinnati, mashing the first of four Reds homers off opposing starter Jonathan Stiever, ending a personal 10-game homerless drought. He has an OPS over .800 for the fifth consecutive season, but Castellanos' batting average is lagging behind at .234 over 210 plate appearances, and that's hurting him in traditional rotisserie leagues.
Castellanos went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Pirates. Castellanos drove in the Reds' only two runs with his long ball off Chad Kuhl in the third inning. The right fielder now has 12 homers and 27 RBI to go along with a slash line of .243/.333/.563.
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