Three MLB free agents that need a strong September

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 21: Nicholas Castellanos #6 of the Chicago Cubs hits a home run in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on August 21, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 21: Nicholas Castellanos #6 of the Chicago Cubs hits a home run in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on August 21, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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2020 MLB Free Agents
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2020 MLB Free Agents

Nicholas Castellanos, OF, CHC

After being traded to the Chicago Cubs from the Detroit Tigers at the deadline, Nicholas Castellanos has been one of the hottest players in baseball. In 31 games since joining the Cubs, he is hitting .346 with 12 home runs, 10 doubles, and 24 RBI. He is on pace to hit 50 doubles for the first time in his career.

The 27-year-old has improved his free agency value in the second half. He is just reaching his prime. He has shown flexibility in the field, being able to play in both corners and at third base. Teams are going to be very willing to offer him a contract of at least five years.

If he continues to play at the caliber that he has been at since he has joined the Cubs, his value will continue to increase. Ever since he has been traded to Chicago, he has hit for much more power. He has more home runs in his 31 games with the Cubs than he did in 100 games with the Tigers in 2019.

As of now, the Cubs are in second place in the National League Central division and hold the second Wild Card Spot. This will give Castellanos an opportunity to play in the postseason for the first time since 2014. His performance in September and October are crucial for his looming contract.