The biggest move for the Chicago Cubs during the 2018 season turned out to be the acquisition of outfielder Nick Castellanos from Detroit. Chicago struck a deal with the Tigers ahead of the trade deadline and it didn’t take long for him to make an impact.
Despite not making the playoffs, Castellanos provided a spark for a team that really needed it. Castellano’s hit .321/.356/.646 while hitting 16 home runs and driving in 36 RBI’s in 51 games on the North Side.
But with Castellanos being a free agent, could the Cubs biggest move of the offseason be retaining him?
MLB.com Cubs’ writer Jordan Bastian wrote an interesting nugget in his five questions article and addressed who would be the biggest priority re-sign from last year’s team. He named Castellanos and dropped that there is mutual interest from both sides:
That would be outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Not only did Castellanos instantly become a fan favorite, but he energized the team and sparked the offense with incredible production in the second half. He’s a unique free agent, given that he is entering his age-28 season. Agent Scott Boras will be aiming to capitalize on Castellanos’ breakout season, but there is mutual interest and a definite fit. Castellanos will also be watching how the Cubs approach this offseason and factoring that into his decision. After experiencing a playoff chase with Chicago, Castellanos very much wants to keep that taste in his mouth.
The Cubs financial situation and the contract that Castellanos will demand is going to be interesting and something to watch this offseason.