After yet another blunder in right field on Monday, Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire might have seen enough of Nick Castellanos in the outfield.
To keep his bat in the lineup, though, Gardenhire said that he is considering moving Castellanos over to first base.
Castellanos has been far and away Detroit's best hitter this year. In 91 games, he has hit .305 and slugged .523 with 15 home runs and 56 RBI. This is coming after his breakout year in 2017, when he hit .272 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI.
While he has been a great hitter for Ron Gardenhire's squad, his defense has been downright atrocious. His subpar play in right field has cost Detroit 13 runs defensively.
Cabrera is the DH for the next five years whether you like it or not. Why not put Castellanos in at first, open a spot for Stewart or Cameron or Gerber or whoever? Yes, it sucks for Nick to move so much but it's also a nice show that his bat is so valuable they need him in there— Eric Lloyd (@EricLloyd) July 12, 2018
If Gardenhire started playing Castellanos at first base, that would require franchise star Miguel Cabrera to move somewhere else on the diamond. Putting him at third base is no longer an option with his old age and declining health, meaning he would probably be made Detroit's primary designated hitter when he returns from injury.
Cabrera is no longer the Triple Crown winner he once was, but he still warrants a spot in the lineup upon his return. While his role will diminish, hopefully Castellanos can flourish at first base.