A resident of Elmhurst, IL, Mike Loftus is the president of MLE Merchandising & Sign Solutions, which provides signage and brand services to companies throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and employs more than 100 people in 14 states. Outside of his responsibilities with MLE, Mike Loftus is a passionate sports fan who enjoys following the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB).
The Cubs completed what was literally a last-minute trade deadline deal on July 31 to acquire outfielder Nick Castellanos from the Detroit Tigers. The deal, according to Tigers' general manager Al Avila, was completed 40 seconds prior to the deadline. In exchange for Castellanos, the Tigers received right-handed pitching prospects Alex Lange and Paul Richan.
A 27-year-old native of Davie, Florida, Castellanos was selected by the Tigers in the first round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft and made his big league debut in 2013. He had a breakthrough campaign in 2017 as he hit a league-leading 10 triples to go along with 26 home runs and 101 runs batted in (RBI), all three of which are career-best marks. He hit 11 home runs through 100 games with the Tigers this season and has already equaled that mark through only 29 games with the Cubs.