Trading Starlin Castro
My initial reaction to this article was shock, because I don’t think Theo Epstein would be that foolish to trade a shortstop that is the only legitimate bat in the lineup and represent the very player that Epstein should be building around.
At 22 years old and under team control until 2017, trading Castro should not even be a consideration for a team that needs more players of his ilk to contend in the National League Central division. Trading him for a bundle of prospects would further alienate a fan base that’s grown tired of waiting til next year.
Having made his ML debut just over two years ago Castro has already eclipsed 400 career hits while hitting over .300. Far from a finished product he has started to drive in more runs, he is tied with Boston’s Mike Aviles for the lead among shortstops in runs batted in with 32, and is on pace to steal over thirty bases which would eclipse his career high of 22 set last season.
His defense is a work in progress as he has been prone to errant throws and mental lapses, but that’s just par for the course in the developing of a 22- year old in pro sports.
The closest thing the Cubs have to an untouchable, if there is such a thing in pro sports today, is the All-Star shortstop that should be patrolling the left side of the Cubs infield for the next decade and will be a fixture in the line-up when the Cubs are back on top.
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Posted on May 31, 2012, in MLB and tagged Chicago Cubs, Jeff Samardzija, Major League Baseball, MLB, National League Central, Starlin Castro, Theo Epstein, Twitter, USA Today, Wrigley Field. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.