According to reports, after the acquisition of shortstop prospect Russell from the Oakland A’s, teams have been gauging the availability of Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro. The front office has insisted that he is not available and they have every intention of keeping the three time All-Star. However, there are many teams that believe the Cubs are bound to trade one of their shortstops as they seem to have a log jam at the position.
Of the three shortstops the Cubs have Castro seems to be the easiest of the three to trade as I have stated in previous articles, he has proven what he is and that is an All-Star shortstop. The Cubs and New York Mets seem like a match made in heaven. The Cubs have an outstanding farm system that lacks pitching, while the Mets have great pitching but lack a top position player. Each team has the others biggest area of need and seem as though they would match up perfect for a trade. The Mets would be able to acquire a shortstop that can be put next to David Wright on the left side of the infield for many years to come.
Moving on to what the Cubs would look to acquire, we turn our attention to Syndergaard. Syndergaard is listed at 6’6″ and 240 pounds. He has the prototypical starting pitcher body. He owns a career ERA of 3.33 in five minor league seasons. He has a record of 29-17 and 416 strikeouts in 378.1 IP. These statistics show what Syndergaard is capable of and the big arm that he possesses. At 21 years old, Syndergaard fits perfectly into the Cubs plan and is currently in Triple-A and would be right on track to join the other top prospects the Cubs have.
Acquiring Syndergaard would give the Cubs the top of the rotation starter that they have lacked. He is young and thus a perfect piece to build an entire rotation around. If Syndergaard became a Cub, this would be a monumental acquisition and one that the front office would surely be proud of. With the surplus of shortstops that the Cubs have, trading one away and in particular trading Castro away may not be a bad idea. The organization is very deep in position player talent and could use some of that talent to get a top notch pitcher such as Syndergaard.
An acquisition of Syndergaard could accelerate the rebuilding process and position the Cubs to finally become buyers at the deadline instead of the sellers they have become.