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Nationals, Daniel Hudson nearing a two-year deal

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Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that the Washington Nationals and reliever Daniel Hudson are on the verge of a two-year deal.

Hudson had a 3.00 ERA in 48 innings for the Blue Jays last year but a 1.44 ERA in 25 innings for the Nationals. His peripherals, meanwhile, were more or less the same and more or less were on par with his career averages. Which, with all due respect to what he did in the second half of last season, amount to a closer to average reliever than they are to an above average reliever. Which to me says that the Nats are paying Hudson for some great small sample size results. Not always the best move.

This is just the latest of many moves made by the Nationals in the past week, following the signings of Starlin Castro and Asdrúbal Cabrera. It makes one wonder if they are pessimistic about landing Josh Donaldson, who they are courting. and have made the decision to start spending money elsewhere.

Reds sign Nicholas Castellanos to a four-year deal

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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.