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The Detroit Tigers have acquired RHP’s Paul Richan and Alex Lange from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for OF Nicholas Castellanos and cash considerations.

“Maximizing our pitching depth is something that’s important to the long-term success of our organization,” said Tigers Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, Al Avila. “Richan is a true competitor on the mound, and knows how to pitch with his arsenal better than most his age. His solid makeup and performance on the field shows us that there’s a good future for him in our organization. Using a short but effective arm action, Lange shows great run and life on his fastball, complemented by solid bite on his offspeed pitches. Both these players are welcome additions to our player development system.

“Nick has grown from a draft pick to one of the best hitters in the American League, and we thank him for his years wearing the Olde English ‘D’.”

Richan, who is 22 and stands 6-2, 200-pounds, is rated as the 16th-best prospect in the Cubs organization, according to MLB Pipeline. Richan has started 17 games with Single A Myrtle Beach this season, posting a 10-5 record with a 3.97 ERA (93.0IP/41ER) and 86 strikeouts. He is currently tied for the Carolina League lead in wins, while he is fourth in WHIP (1.23), ninth in ERA and 10th in strikeouts. A second round draft pick by the Cubs in the 2018 MLB Draft, Richan has made 27 appearances, including 26 starts, in his career, posting a 10-7 record with a 3.52 ERA (122.2IP/48ER) and 117 strikeouts.

Lange, who is 23 and is 6-3, 197-pounds, is ranked as the 23rd-best prospect in the Cubs organization, according to MLB Pipeline. Lange has made 18 starts this season between Single A Myrtle Beach and Double A Tennessee, compiling a 3-12 record with a 5.82 ERA (86.2IP/56ER) and 79 strikeouts. The 30th overall selection in the 2017 MLB Draft by the Cubs, Lange has made 45 starts in his professional career, posting a 9-21 record with a 4.62 ERA (216.1IP/111ER) and 193 strikeouts.

Castellanos, 27, has appeared in 100 games with the Tigers this season, hitting .273/.328/.462 with 37 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs and 37 RBI. He is currently tied for the Major League lead with 37 doubles, while he ranks sixth in the American League with 51 extra-base hits.

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