Sep 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder Nick Castellanos (30) breaks his bat hitting a single against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers may use Nick Castellanos as a trade chip

The Detroit Tigers could be looking to add some speed and defense in their lineup during the off-season and could be using 21 year old utility man Nick Castellanos as a trade chip.

Nick Castellanos who will turn 22 years old in March, can play both infield and outfield. Mainly third base when it comes to infielding but first base shouldn’t be much of an adjustment if a team who traded for him needed him to make an appearance or two at that position.

Castellanos made his debut for the Detroit Tigers on September 1st. Before all this, he appeared in the 2012 All-Star Futures game and actually won MVP honors.

He made his first major league debut after he was promoted from the minors and played left field that very day. The young utility prospect picked up his first major league start and hit on the seventh against the Kansas City Royals.

According to Detroit News, the decision made by Detroit to add some speed and better defense in their lineup could delay Castellanos from picking up as tarting job with this organization.

So why not use Castellanos as trade bait?

There should be a team out there who is interested in picking up Castellanos, maybe even the Miami Marlins. The kid was born and raised in Florida, so that could work out.

What about the Tampa Bay Rays you say? They’re already set when it comes to depth in the outfield.

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