The Cardinals acquired outfielder Austin Dean from the Marlins in exchange for minor league outfielder Diowill Burgos, the club announced on Tuesday. Dean was designated for assignment by the Marlins last week.
Dean, 26, has a .223/.268/.388 slash line along with 10 homers and 35 RBI over 311 plate appearances since debuting in 2018. His numbers at Triple-A New Orleans have been terrific, however, owning a .944 OPS across 160 games at that level. The Cardinals hope they are better able to translate that into big league success.
Burgos, 18, spent last season on the Dominican Summer League as well as in the Gulf Coast League, batting an aggregate .316/.420/.579 with 30 extra-base hits, 50 RBI, and 41 runs scored in 251 plate appearances.
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.