MLB rumors: Free agent Nicholas Castellanos values Giants' culture


Unlike recent offseasons, MLB's biggest free agents didn't have to wait forever to put pen to paper this year. But there still are plenty of star players available. 

That includes Nicholas Castellanos, the youngest position player on the open market. The Giants have shown interest in the slugger, and there appears to be mutual between the two sides. 

The Athletic's Sahadev Sharma says Castellanos, 27, is looking for a team who sees him as a leader and more than only a powerful bat. 

"In his discussions with various organizations, Castellanos sees the Giants, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs as three teams who value him for more than just his offense and that treat “clubhouse culture” as more than just T-shirts and talking points," Sharma wrote on Wednesday morning

Castellanos knows the Cubs' culture after being a star in the Windy City the final 51 games of the 2019 season when Chicago acquired him from the Detroit Tigers. The Giants also could face some stiff competition from the Rangers after Texas traded for two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. 

But the Giants might have an advantage. 

Giants general manager Scott Harris was the Cubs' assistant GM last season when Chicago traded for Castellanos. He certainly had a helping hand in that decision, and it's safe to say he's a big fan of the outfielder. 

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Castellanos also immediately would be a big-ticket item for the Giants and seen as the team's star, especially with Madison Bumgarner gone. San Francisco was seen as the highest bidder for Castellanos at the Winter Meetings, and it looks like the two sides are growing their relationship in the right direction. 

This offseason hasn't given Giants fans too many treats, but signing someone like Castellanos could change that in a hurry.

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