Of course, he hit the FA jackpot worth 130 billion won and fell into a swamp of sluggishness. This year is the season to prove your ransom.
For Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos (31), the 2022 season was a year of self-esteem. In 2021, while playing for the Cincinnati Reds, he had a batting average of .309, on-base percentage of .362, slugging percentage of .576, and OPS of .939 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs, and he had the best season to win his first All-Star and Silver Slugger.
Philadelphia gave Castellanos, who entered the free agent market, a large sum of money of 100 million dollars (about 130 billion won) over five years, and Castellanos batted .263, on-base percentage .305, and slugging percentage .389 despite consistently appearing in 136 games last season. , OPS .694, 13 home runs and 62 RBIs, and lost face. 스포츠토토
On the 23rd (Korean time), the official Major League homepage (MLB.com) highlighted ‘5 batters ready to rebound in the 2023 season’, and Castellanos’ name was also included.
“Castellanos showed great success in the postseason, but his debut season in Philadelphia was almost miserable,” said MLB.com, “Last offseason, he signed a five-year, $100 million contract and hit a home run in the 2022 season. He hit 13 for a career-worst .694 OPS.”
Castellanos seems to have been under a lot of pressure in the first season after signing a large contract. “I didn’t feel comfortable last year,” Castellanos said. However, this year, the second year since the transfer, we cannot make such an excuse. Castellanos is also confident of the revival, saying, “Last year was just last year,” and “I am satisfied with heading into the 2023 season with a comfortable mind.”
Although he was sluggish in the regular season last year, he produced impressive scenes in the postseason, raising expectations for this season. He had a batting average of .313 and 5 RBIs in the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, and in the World Series against the Houston Astros, he also showed a decisive hustle play with a hustle play. Of course, it is regrettable that he was silent in the World Series with a batting average of .125 and one RBI.
Philadelphia, which was frustrated on the threshold of winning the World Series last year, is knocking back to the top with generous investment, such as signing an 11-year, $300 million contract with Trey Turner, who was considered one of the biggest free agent players this year. Here, it boasts a powerful lineup such as Bryce Harper, JT Realmuto, Rhys Hoskins, and Kyle Schwaber. If Castellanos is revived, it is clear that Philadelphia’s chances of winning the World Series will increase even more.