The Philadelphia Phillies are on free agent outfielder Nick Castellanos, and this could be the right opportunity for them to spend big and build a winning ball club for 2022.
The free agent slugger is a hot commodity after a season in which he batted .309 and went deep 34 times.
NBCS Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury reports that Phillies owner John Middleton has been consistent in his tone about the team and how it plans to spend, saying he plans to exceed the tax threshold. luxury if the right opportunity presented itself.
Salisbury says this could be Philadelphia’s opportunity to break the tax threshold and sign one of the best free agents still in the market.
Confirmation @jaysonst report. The Phillies are on Nick Castellanos. Phillies owner John Middleton has always said the team would go over taxes for a good opportunity. Maybe that’s it. Stay tuned
—Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) March 18, 2022
Will the Phillies sign Castellanos?
That’s something the Players Association hoped to accomplish with the new ABC, get teams to spend money and try to win.
With some teams it obviously didn’t work out, but the Phils’ intentions are clear.
They want to win.
They want to compete with the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets.
Philadelphia haven’t made the playoffs in 10 years, their last appearance being in 2011, when the St. Louis Cardinals knocked them out in the NLDS en route to their unlikely championship.
This could be the Phillies’ chance to right the ship and bring some excitement to a fan base that hasn’t had much to cheer about since then.
It would be a fun team to watch if they brought Castellanos on board, as they would have a roster with Bryce Harper, Castellanos, JT Realmuto and Rhys Hoskins.
The NL East would then be a three-team race, with Philadelphia a strong contender for a division title.