RUMOR: Chicago Cubs want to acquire outfielder Nick Castellanos
The Chicago Cubs have been very active ahead of the MLB trade deadline over the last few years and that isn’t expected to change this time around. With the team having big-time potential and looking like a contender, Theo Epstein and company could be considering a big move to boost the team’s offense.
According to a report from Chris McCosky of Detroit News, the Cubs are interested in acquiring outfielder Nick Castellanos from the Detroit Tigers.
The Cubs are among the teams showing interest in Nick Castellanos. They probably want to move Jason Heyward to center, add Castellanos RH bat in right. This one has some teeth.
— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) July 21, 2019
This would be an interesting move, to say the least. Chicago would be moving Jason Heyward to center field, which would in effect relegate talented outfielder Albert Almora to the bench. Castellanos is a great player, but a lot of fans feel that Almora should receive even more playing time than he already does.
Throughout the 2019 MLB season thus far, Castellanos has put together solid numbers for the Tigers.
He has compiled a .283 batting average to go along with 10 home runs and 35 RBI’s. They may not look like huge numbers, but he is a quality hitter and would provide even more depth to Chicago’s lineup. Castellanos would look a lot better with a stacked lineup like the Cubs deploy each and every day.
At 27 years old, Castellanos will become a free agent following this season. Chicago would likely be acquiring a half-year rental with this move. Ideally, it wouldn’t cost them an arm and a leg to get him on board and would make it worth the risk of trading a young piece or two.
All of that being said, the Cubs are obviously going to be a team to keep an eye on at the deadline. Castellanos is one player of interest, but more will likely arise as the deadline draws closer.