Following Wednesday’s trade that sent outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Reds, the Phillies are considering moving Domonic Brown from left to right field. CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that the team has spoken to Brown about making the move and Brown has been preparing for the possibility during the off-season.
Brown, 27, made his way through the Phillies’ minor league system primarily as a right fielder. He took over in left field while the Phillies had Hunter Pence (and later, Byrd) in right. Defensively, the former top prospect has always looked more comfortable in right than in left.
Brown will be looking to rebound from a disappointing 2014 season in which he failed to live up to expectations, batting .235/.285/.349 with 10 home runs and 63 RBI in 512 plate appearances.
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Reds “have emerged as the frontrunner” to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Morosi says the Reds and Castellanos “have made progress over the past several days.”
The Reds were going to have a lot of outfielders already 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. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps. And, of course, the Reds could trade from their outfield surplus if, indeed, they end up with an outfield surplus.
Without question, however, Castellanos would be the big dog, at least offensively, in that setup. 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. If he were to sign to play half his season in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.