Nicholas Castellanos – Outfielder/DH/1B – Detroit Tigers
Probably the unlikeliest of options, Castellanos has long been the lone “ace-in-the-hole” for the Tigers, regarding trade chips. At 27 years old, Castellanos will hit the free agent market at the end of this year. Which bodes well in his favor, however, the Astros may shy away from both the asking price and the uncertainty of re-signing him.
If they do choose to pursue this option, Castellanos would be a perfect fit for the everyday left fielder/designated hitter position. Michael Brantley currently has left field locked up, but rotating both Brantley and Castellanos between the DH/LF spot would be a wise use of their offensive production.
Since entering the league at the ripe age of 21, Castellanos has done nothing but hit. He has maintained an average of .270 the last five seasons. He also has the ability to hit the long ball, slugging 94 home runs since 2014. All this being done on an anemic Tigers offense.
Fielding wise, he is a bit less reliable, posting a combined -9.0 dWAR since coming into the league. His worst year being last year, as he posted a -2.4 dWAR. Which furthers the point of sticking him in left field or DH.
His contract is considerably cheap, as he is due only $9.95 million. However, with his bat, his age, and his power, those factors would almost put him out of re-signing range. Especially if the Astros are going to try and break the bank for Gerrit Cole.
Contract: 1 year $9.95 million – FA in 2020
Tigers Needs: OF, IF, SP, RP, CP, Front Office
Likelihood of happening: Low