May 14, 2021

Nicholas Castellanos Could be the Impact Bat That the Texas Rangers Need (Baseball Essential)


After an outstanding second half with the Chicago Cubs last season, Nicholas Castellanos is one of the hottest names on the free-agent market. The Cubs acquired the 27-year old outfielder from the Detroit Tigers before the 2019 Major League Baseball trade deadline; then he tore the cover off the ball in the National League, hitting .321 in just 51 games.

His productivity last season has caught the eye of several major-league teams this offseason, with the Cubs, San Francisco Giants, and Cincinnati Reds all in the mix. However, MLB.com’s Jon Morosi considers the Texas Rangers the “most prominent team” in the Castellanos chase.

With the Rangers trading Nomar Mazara to the Chicago White Sox, there’s a void in right field for the Rangers. Castellanos played the majority of his games in right last season. This would give Texas four different players to use at both corner outfield positions and at designated hitter in Joey Gallo, Shin-Soo Choo, Willie Calhoun, and Castellanos. The Rangers haven’t executed a big-money signing this offseason, making a blockbuster deal with Castellanos a definite possibility.

The Numbers Speak for Themselves

Castellanos has been a very…

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