Nick Castellanos rumored to be drawing interest from his hometown team

Cincinnati Reds right fielder Nick Castellanos (right) reacts after hitting a double.
Cincinnati Reds right fielder Nick Castellanos (right) reacts after hitting a double. / David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

It seems like a long shot that Nick Castellanos would return to the Cincinnati Reds, but he appears to be drawing interest from his hometown team.

According to Jon Morosi or MLB Network, Castellanos is drawing interest from the Miami Marlins.

Castellanos was born in Florida and graduated from Archbishop McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches.

The Marlins are interested in former Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos.

Nick Castellanos has played for three teams thus far in his career, with his longest tenure being the six-plus years with the Detroit Tigers.

Castellanos was dealt to the Chicago Cubs during the 2019 season and spent the past two years on the Cincinnati Reds roster.

Castellanos is arguably the best outfielder available in free agency this offseason, though Starling Marte seems to be gaining a lot of attention as well.

Castellanos' first season in Cincinnati wasn't as spectacular as fans may have hoped, but the slugger more than made up for his shortcomings with a terrific showing in 2021.

Castellanos hit .309/.362/.576 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs. The Reds right fielder elected to forgo his final two seasons in Cincinnati, and opted out of his contract after the 2021 season.

The Reds extended a qualifying offer to Castellanos, which he rejected. The Reds will receive draft compensation if he signs elsewhere.

Nick Castellanos hasn't closed the door on a possible return to Cincinnati, but the Reds are going to have shell out a lot of cash in order to keep him.

MLB Trade Rumors predicts Castellanos will sign a five-year/$115M contract. That $23M AAV seems a bit rich for the Reds' blood.

Morosi also noted that the San Francisco Giants are among the teams interested in signing Castellanos this offseason.

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This will undoubtedly be a fun story to follow, as the list of teams looking to sign Nick Castellanos will only grow in the coming days and weeks.