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.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.