Outside of pitching, the Braves are still searching for another corner outfielder to fill out their lineup. There are several available in free agency like Michael Brantley and Andrew McCutchen, but Jon Morosi reported that the Braves are also exploring the trade market to fill the vacancy.
Sources: #Tigers OF Nick Castellanos is drawing trade interest. #Braves are among the teams that have checked in. Castellanos, 26, is coming off a career offensive year and is an alternative to Brantley and Pollock via free agency. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 10, 2018
Castellanos is a 26-year old that has one-year of control left on his contract, so he likely won’t demand too much in return. Last year for the Tigers, he hit .298 with 23 home runs, 89 RBIs and an OPS of .854. He also hit .272 with 26 home runs and 101 RBIs in 2017.
The Braves are searching for a bat than can add some pop behind Josh Donaldson and Freddie Freeman, who they reportedly plan on batting 2nd and 3rd in their lineup. Castellanos would certainly add some much-needed power in the middle of the order but is a defensive liability.