The Cubs have negotiated a deal with the Tigers for Nicholas Castellanos at the last minute, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic ( via Twitter ). Paul Richan and Alex Lange are in turn sent to Detroit by Craig Mish of MLB Network ( via Twitter ).
Castellanos earns $ 9.5 million a year before reaching the free market at the end of the season. The tigers will collect approximately $ 500,000 from the $ 3 million left over by Castellanos for the deal Patrick Mooney of The Athletic will gather additional opportunities in the outfield mix. It's not immediately clear how the club will use its many new options after acquiring Tony Kemp today, but Castellanos is likely to face all South Paws and a number of Righty Hurlers.
Castellanos has 439 recordings of regular actions for the Tigers this year. He was inconsistent for most of the season and got things started after a slow start, but has recently dropped off.
Richan and Lange are current top draft picks who could be MLB options in the relatively near future. While the tigers are full of depth of field, it never hurts to have more weapons. Richan was at the high-A level all year, where he completed 93 innings with 3.97 ERA balls at 8.3 K / 9 and 1.7 BB / 9. Lange has an ERA of 5.82 with 8.2 K / 9 and 4.7 BB / 9 in 86 2/3 innings of the season, split between High-A and Double-A.
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