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Ranking the 10 worst contracts in the National League East

Aug 6, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets catcher James McCann (33) runs out an RBI
Aug 6, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets catcher James McCann (33) runs out an RBI / Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
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8) Worst contracts in the NL East: Nick Castellanos

The Phillies made two big splashes this past offseason, signing Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos to long-term deals. Schwarber's deal has paid massive dividends so far, as he's hit a National League-leading 34 home runs so far. Despite his older age and big contract, I believe Schwarber will continue to rake as a DH in the future.

Nick Castellanos on the other hand has taken a major step back since signing a five-year $100 million dollar deal.

The 2021 all-star has slashed .257/.305/.381 with just ten home runs and 54 RBI. Castellanos was signed to be the bat that protects Bryce Harper and he just hasn't done that.

His OPS is over 250 points lower than it was in 2021, and he's hit less than a third of the home runs he hit. Great American Ballpark is a great hitters park but so is his new home, yet he's not hitting like it.

Castellanos was known as a guy who can really hit and cannot play the field. Castellanos has a -10 DRS this season. Granted he was signed to primary DH, but he still has been costing the Phillies games in the field. When Harper does come back he will likely DH at first, meaning even more time with Castellanos in right field.

He has a 93 WRC+ and a -1.0 fWAR this season. Things will probably get better, but right now it doesn't look great for a guy who's already getting booed by his own fans.

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