Report: Phillies in contact with Nick Castellanos

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After a busy weekend that saw the rival New York Mets sign three big bats, including outfielder Starling Marte, the Phillies are finally connected with a big name: Nick Castellanos. The two sides have had "recent contact", according to Jon Morosi, and it's better late than never for the Phillies.

The CBA expires this Wednesday at 11:59pm EST, and the Phillies will have to sign guys most likely by Monday given the time it takes for contact details to be finalized and getting the player's physical completed.

Castellanos would be a great add for the Phillies, but it might come at a big price. According to a report, the 29-year-old is seeking a seven or eight year deal. His asking price was supposedly too much for the Marlins, who recently splurged on several extensions and signings including another outfielder.

His production might justify a big deal. Last season, Castellanos posted a big .309/.362/.576 slash with 34 home runs and 38 doubles in just 585 plate appearances and was named an all-star for the first time in his career. Defensively, he doesn't add anything and signing him would cost the Phillies a draft-pick after Castellanos rejected the Reds' qualifying offer.

Castellanos would fill a big need for the Phillies: a right-handed power bat to follow Harper in the lineup and an outfielder. He isn't the ideal candidate because of his defense, but his production at the plate more than makes up for it.

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