One of the best young shortstops in the game of baseball today and a cornerstone of the franchise. The owner of 794 career hits at the age of 24 and a career .282 hitter.
A soon to be three time All-Star after being selected to the mid-summer classic by the coaches earlier this week. Yet after the acquisition of top shortstop prospect Addison Russell, he may be the player that gets moved to make room.
Starlin Castro is one of the most exciting and yet still head scratching players in the major leagues. He can make an extremely difficult play look relatively easy and come back on the next play and botch a routine groundball. One of the best hitting shortstops in all of baseball and despite the mental lapses he has in the field, is someone that most any team would love to have playing shortstop everyday.
We are a week removed from the blockbuster trade that was made by the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for top prospects Billy McKinney and the aforementioned Russell. With the acquisition of Russell, that means there is now a log jam at the shortstop position in the Cubs organization. Castro is at the major league level with the organization’s top prospect Javier Baez in Triple-A and now the acquisition of Russell makes that three ultra talented players playing the same position.
Of the three players, Castro would seem to be the easiest to trade as he has already been in the majors for three years and is still only 24 years old. Teams around the league have been able to see what kind of talent he is and how he will produce at the major league level which can not be said about Baez and Russell. Castro’s trade value has gone back up as he is having a very good year after the struggle that it was a year ago.
The thought for the Cubs in any trade involving Samardzija or Hammel was that they wanted premium pitching in return. They obviously did not acquire the pitching they were seeking, however this could have worked out just as well. This gives them the ability to shop Castro and see if they can acquire some top pitching prospects in return. An ideal trading partner could be the New York Mets, as they have a glaring hole at shortstop and the Cubs have a surplus of shortstops. The Mets are also loaded with young pitching talent such as Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard to name a few.
If the Cubs want to trade Castro, they are in a great position to do so and would most likely be able to acquire the premium pitching that the organization has been seeking. Trading Castro may be a difficult idea to fathom, however it may be what the Cubs need in order to further develop the vision that the front office has in mind. Whether he is traded or not, the Cubs seem to be in a great position for the future.