From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Astros recently put right-handed starter Scott Feldman on revocable waivers. We’ll know Monday whether he has cleared or been claimed by a team.
Feldman signed a three-year, $30 million free agent contract with the Astros over the offseason and has posted disappointing numbers in his first year of that deal, but it’s pretty backloaded (with salaries of $12 million this season, $10 million next season, and $8 million in 2016) so perhaps he’ll draw some interest.
Feldman had a cool 3.86 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 181 2/3 innings last year between the Orioles and Cubs.
The Cincinnati Reds have signed outfielder Nicholas Castellanos to a multi-year deal. That’s the report from C. Trent Rosecrans and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Jon Morosi of MLB.com was the first to report the Reds as frontrunners. The deal is pending a physical. UPDATE: The deal is four years. Financial terms have yet to be reported.
With Castellanos in the fold the Reds are going to have a lot of outfielders when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton already on the roster. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps taking over short from Freddy Galvis, who could be dealt. Alternatively, the Reds could trade from their newfound outfield surplus.
Castellanos, however, will have left field to himself. While he’s shaky at best with the glove, he had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power.
Now that he’ll be playing in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.