MLB hot stove: Tigers’ Nicholas Castellanos prefers to be traded before spring training, agent says

Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos wants to be with a new team soon.

“He wants to win and understands the direction of the franchise right now is to procure prospects,” Castellanos’ agent, David Meter, said Tuesday, via the Detroit Free Press. “That being said, he would rather start with his new club going into spring training.”

The Dodgers, Astros, Mets, Phillies, Braves and Indians have all expressed interest in Castellanos in recent months according to the report from the Detroit Free Press, which cites unidentified league sources.

Los Angeles reportedly signed A.J. Pollock on Thursday, the Astros locked up Michael Brantley to a two-year deal and the Braves brought back Nick Markakis this week.

The market is getting tighter, but Castellanos is still expected to be traded, at the latest, by the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

Detroit is reportedly looking for one high-level prospect in the deal.

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Castellanos, 26, is coming off one of his best years as he hit .298 with 23 home runs and 89 RBIs. He has averaged 22 homers and 83 RBIs over his last three seasons.

If he is not traded, the Tigers can give him a qualifying offer after the year that would force a team to give up a draft pick to sign him in free agency if he declines to accept it.

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