3 Teams Who Should Sign All-Star Nick Castellanos

Nick Castellanos has a player opt-out available this off-season for him and it's hard to imagine that he won't do so. Although giving up $32 million over two seasons is a lot, he is due to make far more money on the market. With the Reds this season, he had the best season of his career and was named an All-Star. In 138 games, he had 34 home runs, 100 RBIs and a .309 batting average. This kind of production will lead to a plethora of teams wanting to add him to their rosters. It also does not hurt that he can play third base, too. 

Here are three teams to keep a close eye on in the Castellanos' sweepstakes. 

Cincinnati Reds: Although it is extremely likely that Castellanos will opt out of his contract, the Reds will absolutely try to sign him to a new deal. It's just that they will need to pay him much more than the $16 million he was set to make in each of the next two seasons. When seeing as how he fit beautifully with the organization, a reunion does not seem out of the question. It's just a matter of if Cincinnati will pay him the money he has earned. 

Colorado Rockies: According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, the Colorado Rockies are expected to pursue Castellanos heavily this off-season. Although Colorado is coming off of a 74-87 record and is very likely going to lose Trevor Story to free agency, a high salary could convince Castellanos to join them. Furthermore, Coors Field is a home run haven, so that could be an excellent spot for Castellanos to increase his home run production. 

New York Mets: Castellanos certainly should be a free agent target for the Mets. To be blunt - the Mets disappointed immensely this season with their 77-85 record. They were expected to compete for a playoff spot, so now, they need to make some changes after failing to do so. Adding a talented power hitting outfielder like Castellanos seems like a great start for them. This is especially the case when remembering the fact that they could lose Michael Comforto this off-season, too. 

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