BREAKING: Chicago Cubs acquire outfielder Nicholas Castellanos from Tigers
The Chicago Cubs were looking to make an impact move ahead of the MLB trade deadline, but things were looking bleak with just minutes to go. Thankfully, Theo Epstein was able to get the job done.
According to a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Cubs have made a big move to acquire outfielder Nicholas Castellanos from the Detroit Tigers.
#Cubs get Nicholas Castellanos, source tells The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2019
Chicago had been connected to Castellanos for a couple weeks leading up to the deadline. They wanted to acquire a bat that could start every day in the outfield. Castellanos fits that bill.
During the 100 games that he has played with the Tigers this season, Castellanos has compiled a .273 batting average to go along with 11 home runs and 37 RBI. While he isn’t a “star,” there is no question that Castellanos will help this Cubs’ team. Albert Almora hasn’t been consistent at the plate and Castellanos will fit in nicely with a stacked lineup.
Joe Maddon now has more options to play with in the outfield. He could still use Almora regularly, but he could also switch Jason Heyward to center field. Castellanos will be the kind of piece that the Cubs needed to remain competitive in the NL playoff race.
At 27 years old, Castellanos is in the final year of his contract. Chicago will hope that this move sparks their offense and can help them get things going in the right direction.