Until Kris Bryant and Addison Russell are promoted and the front office is able to unveil its plan as to how all of the position players fit together on the field at the same time, when a rumor pops up a team is looking for a shortstop Starlin Castro will be included in the report.
A.J. Preller would like to acquire a shortstop to complete his overhaul of the Padres roster. And when the report surfaced last week that the unpredictable Padres’ GM was looking to make a deal, Starlin Castro was mentioned as a possibility.
It has been reported the Cubs would like to move Starlin Castro to make room at shortstop for Addison Russell. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have maintained publicly that Castro is the team’s shortstop. And both Castro and Russell have said they would be willing to move positions to accommodate the other at the big league level.
According to Jim Bowden, the Cubs and Padres do not match up on a trade. Bowden reported that despite not admitting it publicly, “behind the scenes” the Cubs are “leaning toward Addison Russell as their long-term solution at shortstop, which means Castro would have to either change positions or be traded.”
Bowden pointed out correctly Castro “is a perfect fit in the Cubs’ lineup” and he doesn’t see a deal with the Padres taking place unless San Diego was willing to include Tyson Ross in a deal for Castro. And A.J. Preller is not trading Tyson Ross.
As for the Cubs possibly trading Javier Baez to San Diego, Bowden doesn’t think that will happen either because Preller used Matt Wisler in the deal with Atlanta to acquire Craig Kimbrel.
Anyone that has seen Addison Russell play shortstop knows the 21-year old should break into the majors at short. Whether he stays there over the course of his career is a debate for another day. With that said, many think Russell will eventually outgrow the shortstop position.
For his shortcomings in the field, Castro reacts well and makes the plays defensively when he doesn’t have time to think about it. Castro would seem to be a better fit at third base than moving to the other side of the second base bag. Castro has more than enough arm for the position and he’s shown more power potential since the break last summer.
With the lack of offense throughout the game and a team with more than its share of players that are strikeout prone, it’s hard to see how the front office would trade a 25-year old shortstop with 856 hits on his big league resume.
Starlin Castro had an excellent night at the plate and in the field Wednesday. Castro went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. For the season, Castro is 10-for-31 in eight games (.323/.364/.452) with a double, a home run, two walks and five strikeouts for a .815 OPS.
If a majority of the prospects make their way to the majors and produce at the plate, the front office could have to decide which players they would like to keep and which ones they should trade. But a team dealing a proven big leaguer that envisions division titles and post-season play does not seem to fit the Cubs plan.