This is trade rumor season, and an interesting name has made it’s way into the Dodgers web of possible players. Jon Morosi seems to have a pulse for whom Los Angeles is considering.
On Monday evening, Morosi tweeted that the Dodgers are interested in Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos. However, Morosi also adds there is ‘no present momentum’ towards a deal. Furthermore, the Tigers seem intent on moving Castellanos in return for prospects.
Source: #Dodgers interested in #Tigers OF Nick Castellanos via trade, but there’s no present momentum toward a deal. Dodgers active on numerous fronts and Castellanos is not their highest priority. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 11, 2018
Still, on Monday afternoon I tweeted that a possible fit for the Dodgers could be Castellanos.
There is some degree of fit. While Castellanos primary position is third base, he’s logged 172 games in the outfield in his career. His versatility combined with the fact that he’s a right-handed hitter with some pop creates the intrigue for Los Angeles.
Undeniably, Castellanos has been durable and steady through his age-26 season. With a career .274 average to his credit – his .854 OPS and .354 on-base percentage in 2018 were career highs. He played in 157 games the past two seasons.
Of course, Justin Turner is the Dodgers third baseman. As Turner continues to age, Castellanos serves as a nice insurance policy should the Dodgers part with a prospect or two for him. At the same time – the ability to play a corner outfield spot makes him a viable option.
The marquee reason the Tigers are willing to move Castellanos is due to him having just one year remaining on his current contract. With the organization in a rebuild, they stand the most to gain by acquiring prospects for the future before Castellanos hits free agency after 2019.
Mark this one down as improbable. Still, it’s interesting to learn more of the appetite that the Dodgers front office has for certain players. Castellanos fits some of the mold, but at the end of the day his crux is that he’s not great defensively. However, if the asking price is low enough; this could be something that gains traction. If Castellanos’ name continues to surface in rumors to the Dodgers, he would be a decent fit offensively that improves the club immediately.
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