PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 02: Nick Castellanos #2 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a solo home run in the fifth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on October 2, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

By Dylan MacKinnon

The Phillies may not be done. Jayson Stark is reporting that the Phillies are in serious pursuit of former Reds Outfielder Nick Castellanos.

If they do sign Castellanos, it is unclear where the Phillies would play him. Many assumed Kyle Schwarber would play LF, but that could also be where they put Castellanos. Neither are known to be very good with their glove, so either could be put at DH. Castellanos also has a history at 3B, but hasn’t played there in several years. He also struggled while at 3rd base, so it is likely not a serious option.

The deal would presumably put the Phillies over the Luxury Tax Threshold, unless they traded someone to move some money out. Jon Middleton has avoided exceeding it in the recent past.

Last year Castellanos hit .309, and hit 24hrs, while driving in 100 runs. He would give them 3 players coming off 30 HR seasons, with the others being Bryce Harper and Schwarber. Additionally Rhys Hoskins hit 27 despite playing in only 107 games, and his hit 30 in the past. Nothing is finalized yet, but its worth mentioning it was Jayson Stark who connected Kyle Schwarber to the Phillies when he joined Mike Missanelli earlier in the week.