“Bryce Also Played a Part in Getting This Deal Done” – Nick Castellanos Speaks About His Switch to the Philadelphia Phillies

Published 03/24/2022, 10:00 AM EDT
MILWAUKEE, WI – AUGUST 26: Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos (2) looks on during an MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers on August 26, 2021 at American Family Field in Milwaukee, Wis. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire)

The frenzied off-season saw a variety of moves transpire in a short time. And perhaps one that dipped under the radar of higher-profile signings was Nick Castellanos’ move to the Philadelphia Phillies.

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With the superstar right fielder moving to Citizens Bank Park in 2022, he will likely be expected to adorn the lineup with Bryce Harper too. And with good reason. The 2021 NL MVP played a large part in getting Castellanos to Philly.

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Nick Castellanos has had a bumper performance through the years in the league, but he has copiously few trophies to show for his skill set. Despite turning out for several MLB teams, Castellanos is yet to taste playoff success and is likely in the mix for the first time with a contending team. And it turns out that getting him there might have had some help from superstar hitter, Bryce Harper.

Nick Castellanos signs with the Phillies – Bryce Harper’s role?

Reportedly, the superstar hitter had a big part to play as the Phillies organization moved towards signing Castellanos. To hear it from the signing himself, “Bryce also played a part in getting this deal done.”

“Ya know, big thanks to him,” Castellanos said, in his first press conference donning the Phillies cap. Harper also worked in typically effective ways, choosing to call Castellanos’ agent, Scott Boras, over the course of his signing. And to hear it from the super agent, Harper was persistent, if not anything else. “And now I don’t get four phone calls a day for the last month from Bryce Harper,” Castellanos’s agent Scott Boras said.

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Castellanos too seems eager to get going in the city of Brotherly Love. “I’ve played over a thousand big league games and have zero playoff wins,” said Castellanos, “I’ve made money. I’ve hit homers, I’ve played on TV; but I haven’t won no games that matter. So I would like to do that.”

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The Phillies organization will be eager to field a lineup with talents the likes of Bryce Harper and Castellanos on it, and the hope will remain that Castellanos can deliver on some playoff success, too, this year.

With the Phillies on the cusp of breaking through, could Castellanos be just what they need? How far do you think the Phillies will go in 2022?

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Aditya Deshingkar

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Aditya Deshingkar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. An aspiring lawyer, Aditya is a final year student of the law program at GLC. Notably, as an avid sports lover, he shares a keen interest in NBA, MLB, and Formula 1.

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