​Despite being frequently mentioned on the MLB hot stove, Nicholas Castellanos is in the Tigers plans to start the 2019 season.


The slugging multi-positional talent agreed to an arbitration deal with the ball-club, avoiding a drawn-out process both sides would rather avoid.

Castellanos has been connected to both the ​Atlanta Braves and ​Los Angeles Dodgers in trade talks, but the Tigers asking price is reportedly too large for either team to consider at this juncture. Detroit is in the middle of a rebuild, and despite Castellanos' age (just 26), the Tigers are in need of prospects as they try to replenish a farm system after years of neglect.


So far, so good on that front, as Detroit's overall prospect ranking has increased from egregious to average. But dealing their best overall asset would help Al Avila build for the future, as the long-term plan doesn't consist of competing until likely 2021.

Castellanos finished the 2018 season with a .298 batting average and 23 home runs.