Castellanos agreed to a one-year, $9.95 million contract with the Tigers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. Castellanos belted 23 homers and drove in 89 runs while still managing to hit for average (.298) in 157 games for Detroit in 2018. As a result, he'll receive a significant $3.9 million raise in 2019.
Castellanos went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Brewers. Following his breakout 2017, Castellanos has had another good campaign in 2018. His 23 home runs and 89 RBI trail last season's marks, but his .855 OPS is an improvement on the .810 figure he posted in 2017. The Tigers will be in rebuilding mode again heading into 2019, but Castellanos has established himself as a very good offensive player and the centerpiece of the team's lineup.
Castellanos went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored during a victory over the Royals on Saturday. The 26-year-old is hitting a blistering .565 over his last six games. Castellanos now boasts career-best paces in all three pieces of his .303/.360/.507 slash line, accompanied by 22 homers, 85 RBI, 82 runs scored and an impressive .366 wOBA. He should anchor the heart of the Tigers' order for the next few years, especially with Victor Martinez appearing to have retired after Saturday's game.
Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a walk, a solo home run and two runs scored in Thursday's 11-8 win over the Royals. Castellanos followed a Christin Stewart two-run home run in the first inning with a blast of his own against Kansas City starter Jorge Lopez. The 26-year-old outfielder now has 22 home runs this season and he has an outside chance of tying or surpassing the career-high 26 he hit in 2017 with a strong finish to the year.
Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Wednesday's 8-2 loss to the Twins. For the second time in the last three games against Minnesota, Castellanos had at least half of his team's hits, and the Tigers scored a total of just six runs in those contests. While the Detroit lineup isn't doing much around him, the 26-year-old is still having a solid season, as he now has 42 doubles, 82 RBI and a solid .845 OPS.