Two weeks ago Angels vice president of marketing and ticket sales Robert Alvarado made headlines for his quotes about how the team caters to wealthier fans while often neglecting what he called “people on the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder.”
And now Alvarado has resigned from his job with the Angels.
Angels vice president of communications Tim Mead told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times that Alvarado “made a personal decision to resign from the organization” and “we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
However, according to Shaikin the quotes upset Angels owner Arte Moreno, who showed recently the lengths he’s willing to go to get rid of someone in the case of Josh Hamilton. And so after 15 years with the organization Alvarado “made a personal decision to resign.”
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.