Just ahead of Wednesday’s 4 PM ET trade deadline, the Cubs acquired outfielder Nicholas Castellanos from the Tigers, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The Tigers will receive pitching prospects Paul Richan and Alex Lange from the Cubs.
Castellanos, 27, has hit a solid .273/.328/.462 with 11 home runs and 37 RBI in 439 plate appearances this season. The rate stats are a bit down from where they’ve been in the last three seasons, but he’s still swinging an above-average stick.
Castellanos is owed the remainder of his $9.95 million salary and can become a free agent after the 2019 season, so this is likely just a rental for the Cubs.
Richan, 22, is the Cubs’ No. 16 prospect, per MLB Pipeline. Lange, 23, is No. 23.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.