As a team in the midst of a significant organizational overhaul, the Detroit Tigers were never not seen as sellers prior to this year’s MLB trade deadline. With a 30-65 record heading into Tuesday’s action, the only thing they have left to fight for is baseball’s worst record, something they’re competing with the Baltimore Orioles for as we approach the dog days of summer.
The Tigers do have some attractive players when it comes to talking trades with potential contenders over the next week. There’s a chance not all of them get sent packing, but it sure feels like now is the time for Nicholas Castellanos to get a change of scenery.
Playing for a team that hasn’t been close to contending for a while, Castellanos has seen his name in the trade rumor mill for too long. He even tried to (politely) force the issue over the winter, and the outfielder isn’t letting up on trying to get a trade to happen.
The good thing for Detroit? Castellanos has been heating up following a slow-ish start to the season. His .284/.342/.480 line with 11 home runs, 36 RBI, and 115 wRC+ in 409 plate appearances isn’t too shabby in its own right. However, his performance since the start of June has likely helped his trade stock — it includes a .306/.380/.500 line and a 133 wRC+ in 179 plate appearances.
But even with that solid — and well-timed — play, Castellanos’ trade market doesn’t appear to be bustling. At the moment, the teams that have been publicly connected to the 27-year-old include the Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays, along with the Philadelphia Phillies (although he’s not their main focus).