The Detroit Tigers began their winter caravan across the state on Thursday afternoon. But when the buses left Comerica Park, heading around metro Detroit and to Southwest Michigan, one of the team’s few recognizable faces wasn't on board.
Nicholas Castellanos didn't have to answer any questions about his seat on the trading block on Thursday because of a previous commitment that will also force him to miss TigerFest on Saturday. As in, when will he be traded? Where will he be traded to? Or, what will the Tigers get back in return?
Last year, Castellanos spoke at TigerFest about his dream of staying in Detroit for the duration of his career and winning a World Series with the team that drafted him nearly 10 years ago. But one year later, with free agency on the horizon and his name swirling in trade rumors, Castellanos sees the writing on the wall. And if the Tigers are ready to go in a new direction – they have given no indication that he is part of their future plans – he would prefer a trade to happen sooner rather than later.