WTVO/WQRF — The Chicago Cubs Wednesday acquired outfielder Nicholas Castellanos and a cash consideration from the Detroit Tigers. It was on in a series of three trades made by the Cubs.
In exchange for Catellanos the Cubs gave up minor league right-handed pitchers Alex Lange and Paul Richan. To make room for Castellanos on the 40-man roster, RHP Oscar De La Cruz was designated for assignment.
Castellanos, 27, is batting .273 (110-for-403) with 37 doubles, 11 homers, 37 RBI and a .790 OPS in 100 games with the Tigers this season. He entered the day tied for the major league lead in doubles. The right-handed batter is hitting .347 (25-for-72) with a .415 on-base percentage, .611 slugging percentage and a 1.026 OPS vs. left-handed pitching this season, the sixth-best batting average, seventh-best OPS and ninth-best on-base percentage in the American League this season vs. southpaws.
In another move the Cubs acquired infielder/outfielder Tony Kemp from the Houston Astros for catcher Martín Maldonado.
Kemp, 27, is a career .240 hitter (138-for-575) with 26 doubles, five triples, 14 home runs, 58 RBI and a .697 OPS in 239 games covering all or part of the last four seasons with Houston (2016-19). The left-handed hitter turned in his strongest season to date last year when he hit .263 (67-for-255) with 15 doubles, six home runs, a .351 on-base percentage and .392 slugging percentage, good for a .743 OPS, in 97 games with the Astros, posting a similar .268 batting average vs. left-handed pitchers and a .261 batting average vs. right-handed pitching.
The versatile Kemp has seen action at second base (29 games), left field (14 games) and center field (11 games) this season and batted .227 (37-for-163) with seven homers, 17 RBI and a .725 OPS in 66 games with Houston before being designated for assignment on July 26.
Also Wednesday The Chicago Cubs acquired left-handed pitcher Brad Wieck from the San Diego Padres for right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. and international bonus money.
Wieck, 27, has appeared in 30 games as a reliever with the Padres this season, going 0-1 with eight holds and a 6.57 ERA (18 ER/24.2 IP). The southpaw struck out 31 batters while walking just nine in 24.2 major league innings. In 14 games with Triple-A El Paso this season, Wieck has gone 1-1 with two saves and a 6.11 ERA (12 ER/17.2 IP), striking out 34 batters and walking six.