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Cubs Acquire Castellanos from Tigers

The Cubs have acquired Nicholas Castellanos from the Tigers, the clubs have announced. The return to the Tigers is two minor-league pitchers, Paul Richan and Alex Lange.

 

Castellanos was actually in the Tigers' lineup in Anaheim as the deadline hit, but when he was supposed to be on deck, he wasn't anywhere to be seen. 

 

Richan is a 22-year-old right-hander in Class A-Advanced. He's 10-5 with a 3.97 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 86 strikeouts in 93 innings. 

 

Lange is a 23-year-old righty who started the season in Class A-Advanced but moved up to Double-A, where he's got a 3.92 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 28 strikeouts in 39 innings. He had a 7.36 ERA in 47 2/3 innings before moving up. 

 

Castellanos, 27, is hitting .273/.328/.462 (106 OPS+) with 11 homers, 37 RBI, 57 runs and an MLB-best 37 doubles this season. He's a free agent after the year, so this is a rental for the Cubs. He's a sub-par defender in right field, but the Cubs are looking for the big bat here. 

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