The Diamondbacks announced on Tuesday that the club sent pitcher Matt Andriese to the Angels in exchange for minor league hurler Jeremy Beasley.
Andriese, 30, recently agreed to a one-year, $1.395 million contract with the Diamondbacks to avoid arbitration in his second year of eligibility. He’s coming off a year in which he posted a 4.71 ERA with 79 strikeouts and 27 walks over 70 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. Previously in his career, he pitched out of the rotation for the Rays but began mainly relieving last year.
Beasley, 24, spent most of last season with Double-A Mobile, where he compiled a 4.06 ERA with a 102/42 K/BB ratio over 108 2/3 innings out of the rotation.
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.