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The Chicago Cubs barely beat the buzzer on July 31st when they traded a couple of prospects for Detroit Tigers outfielder Nick Castellanos. All Castellanos has done since then is mash baseballs. The right fielder is slashing .392/.429/.785 in 19 games with the Cubs and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. This very well could be my favorite deadline trade the Cubs have made in my lifetime. I can’t say that without mentioning the Aroldis Chapman trade in 2016, but the Cubs had to give up an arm and a leg to acquire Chapman. Banners fly forever and I’ll never forget 2016, but could you imagine if the Cubs still had Gleyber Torres? Second base has been a weak spot all year for the Cubs and a middle infield of Baez and Torres would easily be right there at the top of the MLB.
I could talk about guys the Cubs traded away for hours, but as of right now the Castellanos trade looks to be a hell of a deal. I’ve already mentioned how well he is hitting, but I also wanted to address how much the guy loves to play the game. Before every single game, Castellanos goes up to Joe Maddon and tells him happy Opening Day. If you watch him play, the guy plays with just as much passion as Javier Baez. He might not be as flashy, but I love when you can tell a guy is out there having the time of his life. The way I see it, Castellanos loves playing meaningful baseball on the Cubs and we all love watching him. I think it’s a perfect fit for everyone and I’d expect Theo Epstein and the Cubs to at least try and negotiate an extension this upcoming offseason.