The Cubs have been seeking another hitter to bolster an offense that’s been anemic for much of June and July.
And a few minutes after the trade deadline of 3 p.m. CT today, it was announced they got one:
#Cubs get Nicholas Castellanos, source tells The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2019
There has been no confirmation of this from the Cubs nor any information on who the Cubs are sending to the Tigers in exchange for Nicholas Castellanos.
Castellanos is hitting .273/.328/.462 with 37 doubles (leading the American League) and 11 home runs. He plays mostly right field, although in the past he’s played third base, which he could possibly do again, and have Kris Bryant play more outfield.
Castellanos’ defense is suspect, as I noted in this article here nine days ago. No doubt, the man can hit. But I am concerned about defense, as when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016, they did so in part because they had elite defense at multiple positions.
When information is available on what the Cubs sent to Detroit in this deal, this post will be updated.
UPDATE! Here’s who the Cubs sent over for Castellanos. Alex Lange is a former No. 1 pick who has struggled the last couple of years. Paul Richan was the Cubs’ 2nd round pick last year, currently in Advanced-A.
Paul Richan and Alex Lange go from the Cubs to Tigers for Castellanos.— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) July 31, 2019
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