Astros: 7 Players Who Could Help at the Trade Deadline

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HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 30: Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, right, and Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow chat during battting practice at Minute Maid Park on June 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 30: Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, right, and Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow chat during battting practice at Minute Maid Park on June 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – JULY 27: Nicholas Castellanos #9 of the Detroit Tigers hits a RBI double in the third inning in front of Yan Gomes #7 of the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park on July 27, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – JULY 27: Nicholas Castellanos #9 of the Detroit Tigers hits a RBI double in the third inning in front of Yan Gomes #7 of the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park on July 27, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

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

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