Castellanos agreed Monday with the Reds on a contract, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. The outfielder will make $64 million over four years but can opt out after the first season, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.com. Though the Rangers and Giants remained in the bidding for Castellanos' services as recently as a few days ago, the Reds were able to make significant headway in negotiations with the 27-year-old over the weekend and have now finalized a deal. Castellanos will likely man right or left field as he heads to Cincinnati, presumably pushing Jesse Winker (neck) and/or Aristides Aquino to the bench as a result. While his outfield defense leaves much to be desired, Castellanos will provide yet another boost to an offense already brimming with quality talent, essentially filling the lineup spot that was vacated by Yasiel Puig. Castellanos has been an above-league-average hitter each of the past four seasons, slashing .286/.336/.504 (121 wRC+) over that span.
Castellanos (groin) has likely played his final game of the season, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. It doesn't sound as though Castellanos' groin tightness is a particularly major concern, but with just two games left in the season and nothing left to play for, the Cubs have little reason to bring him back. The outfielder's .289/.337/.525 season slash line and career-high 27 homers should earn him a sizeable contract as a free agent this offseason, especially since he'll be hitting the market as a 27-year-old.
Castellanos (groin) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals. Right groin tightness led to Castellanos' scratch Friday, and he will remain out Saturday as Tony Kemp gets another start in right field. It's uncertain if Castellanos will play Sunday. A free agent this winter, Castellanos has hit .289/.337/.525 with 27 homers in 151 games between Detroit and Chicago this season.
Castellanos was scratched from Friday's game against the Cardinals due to right groin tightness. Castellanos was slated to start in right field and bat second, but he'll head to the bench for Friday's series opener. Tony Kemp will man right field and lead off.
Castellanos is out of the lineup Thursday against the Pirates. Ian Happ is starting in right field for Castellanos on Thursday as the Cubs -- who were eliminated from the playoffs Wednesday -- rest most of their starters.