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MLB trade news: Cubs get Nicholas Castellanos from Tigers

August 16, 2020

first_img Related News As the Tigers and Angels warmed up for a game scheduled to begin five minutes after the trade deadline Wednesday, Nicholas Castellanos was in uniform and set to bat second for Detroit. Moments before the first pitch, though, Jordy Mercer came out on deck to take some swings and Castellanos was scratched from the lineup, traded at the last possible moment to the Cubs.  The 27-year-old is slashing .273/.328/.462 with 11 home runs and leads the majors with 37 doubles. He has crushed left-handed pitching, posting a 1.026 OPS against lefties this year. Castellanos came up as a third baseman but has been Detroit’s primary right fielder the last two seasons. Chicago also got utilityman Tony Kemp from the Astros earlier Wednesday in exchange for little-used catcher Martin Maldonado, adding still more versatility to the roster as Ben Zobrist remains absent. MLB trade news: Astros add frontline starter, deal for Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinkecenter_img The Tigers got a pair of pitching prospects in return: 2017 first-round pick Alex Lange and 2018 second-rounder Paul Richan, the teams announced. The #Cubs today acquired OF Nick Castellanos and a cash consideration from the Tigers for minor league RHPs Paul Richan and Alex Lange.To make room for Castellanos on the 40-man roster, RHP Oscar De La Cruz was designated for assignment. pic.twitter.com/aZpj3Ba8zH— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 31, 2019Castellanos should provide a boost to the Cubs’ offense and presumably will find Wrigley Field more to his liking than Comerica Park, which he recently described as a “joke” for hitters.  MLB trade news: Braves get Shane Greene, Mark Melancon to boost bullpenlast_img

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