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Cubs reportedly have interest in Tigers OF Nicholas Castellanos

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The Detroit Tigers have the worst record in MLB and would make sense as potential trade deadline sellers, but the issue is they don’t have too many desirable trade chips.

Relief pitcher Shane Greene and starter Matthew Boyd are among the players teams have interest in, but Detroit’s asking prices are said to be high. Another player who could be moved is outfielder Nicholas Castellanos.

On Friday, MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reported that the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves have been scouting Castellanos. On Sunday, Detroit News writer Chris McCoskey said there is something to the Cubs-Castellanos rumor.

Castellanos is in his final season of team control and making just under $10 million this year, so he would be a practical addition. He is batting .280 with 33 doubles and 10 home runs this season and has posted an OPS over .800 in each season since 2015. The 27-year-old has a 1.090 OPS against lefties, making him particularly desirable as a platoon addition.

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