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Indians rumors: Cleveland interested in acquiring Nicholas Castellanos from Tigers

Nicholas Castellanos

The Cleveland Indians have expressed interest in trading for Detroit Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com.

Castellanos currently owns a slash line of .273/.329/.461 with 11 home runs, a league-leading 36 doubles, and 37 RBI over 435 plate appearances thus far this season.

The 27-year-old was originally selected by the Tigers in the first round (44th pick overall) of the 2010 MLB Draft and went on to make his big-league debut in 2013.

He played his first full season in 2014, slashing .259/.306/.394 with 11 long balls and 66 RBI across 579 plate appearances. From that point on, Castellanos became a regular in Detroit’s lineup.

The Davie, Fl. native posted very similar numbers the following year, recording a slash line of .255/.303/.419 with 15 homers, 33 doubles, and 73 RBI through 595 trips to the plate.

He then showed significant improvement in 2016, slashing .285/.331/.496 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI over 447 plate appearances, and the following season, Castellanos slashed .272/.320/.490 with 26 homers, a league-best 10 triples and 101 RBI.

Castellanos would proceed to post career highs in all of his slash numbers in 2018, slashing .298/.354/.500 with 23 dingers and 89 RBI.

The Indians have gone 17-5 in the month of July, vaulting themselves back into contention in the AL Central race, as they now own a record of 62-43 and sit just two games behind the Minnesota Twins for first place.

Not only that, but Cleveland has a firm hold on the first Wild Card spot in the American League playoff picture.

The Indians will kick off a three-game series with the Houston Astros at Progressive Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday night.