On July 31, 2019, during their game against the Los Angeles Angels, the Detroit Tigers notified Nicholas Castellanos that he had been traded to the Chicago Cubs.
In exchange for Castellanos, the Tigers received a pair of prospects, Alex Lange and Paul Richan.
Since then, Castellanos has emerged as an All-Star caliber player for the Cincinnati Reds and on Sunday, he said the Tigers’ decision to trade him threw some gas on the fire.
From Detroit Free Press:
“I think that’s all there is. It’s the nature of the business,” Castellanos said Saturday, standing outside the Cincinnati Reds’ dugout at Great American Ball Park. “Where I was in ’19, they didn’t feel like I was a piece they could build around. At the end of the day, all that did was put a little more gas on the fire.”
“The validation is I was right in believing in myself and who I am as a player,” Castellanos said. “It’s true, man, when you have a great players and the organization is in a time period where winning is not a priority, the culture can affect the spirit of the individual who is going out and playing every day.”
As far as potentially opting out of his contract with the Red following the 2021 season, Castellanos does not want to talk about it.
“Nothing you heard has come from my mouth,” Castellanos said. “Any speculation about free agency is nothing that’s come from my mouth. Right now, the only thing that’s next for me is focusing on winning here.
“We have a chance to win here. I’m not going to squander that opportunity by thinking about something that’s after the season.”
Nation, do you think the Tigers made a big mistake by trading Castellanos?