The Mets have extended an invite to spring training to Tim Tebow because of course they did.
Tebow, 32, hit .163/.240/.255 with only four home runs in 264 plate appearances at Triple-A last year. He has hit only .223/.299/.338 with 18 homers in 1,048 minor league plate appearances overall. Tebow will be beginning his fourth full minor league season in 2020. He also did a brief stint in the Arizona Fall League in 2016. He has played 77 and 84 games in the past two seasons, with each year being cut short due to injury.
Which is to say that has shown absolutely nothing to suggest that he has a future in the major leagues. Indeed, he has made it petty clear that he doesn’t even belong at Triple-A. Yet, as always, he will likely be a gate attraction in Port St. Lucie in February and March, so here we are.
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.