Latest Update Report: Cubs Telling Teams Starlin Castro is Not Available Sun Dec, 07, 07:15 PM
Has a legitimate shortstop arm, burgeoning power and the speed to steal bases. Can be a true doubles machine due to very good bat speed. Owns all the tools for stardom.
Flaws: : Is mercurial and needs to play more of a fundamental game, in general. Could stand to draw more walks so as to maximize his potential as an offensive catalyst. Is too nonchalant in the field. Must mature.
There were reports that Castro was available as the Cubs have brought in some young talent at the shortstop position. The Cubs brought in a prized prospect by the name of Addison Russell who is expected to compete with Castro for the starting position. While Castro may get the nod early in the year, the Cubs want Russell in their lineup sooner than later. This will be worth monitoring as this doesn't mean the Cubs won't trade him at all. He could be made available at a later date.Analyst: Colby Conway
With the logjam in the Cubs' middle infield, Castro has been a much talked about trade candidate over the past year. Now that Derek Jeter has retired, the Yankees are looking for their next staple at shortstop and Castro could fit the bill. The Mets, on the other hand, are always looking to upgrade offensively and Castro would certainly help in that way. Nothing is imminent at this time, but Castro being traded out of Chicago is something that should be considered very possible as we get deeper into the winter.Analyst: David Kerr
The Cubs are stocked at the shortstop position with the arrival of top prospect Javier Baez and the acquisition of Addison Russell who was the 7th ranked prospect heading into the 2014 season. Upon being called up Baez spent the majority of the time playing second base which we should assume will be his position going into 2015 if Castro is going to be playing short. Russell will likely remain in Triple-A for the time being unless a trade involving either himself or Castro happens before the start of spring.Analyst: Jonathan Impemba
Castro injured his ankle earlier in September and is done for the season. He'll get back to full strength in Arizona this offseason, and should be good to go for the spring. Analyst: Ben Diamond