According to a report from Mark Feinsand, the Cubs and Yankees have discussed a deal that would send Starlin Castro to the Yankees for outfielder Brett Gardner.
Updated 2:00pm CST – Jon Heyman reported the Yankees and Cubs have not talked about a Brett Gardner for Starlin Castro trade. As previously reported, the Yankees are looking to acquire pitching for in deals for position players, like Gardner. Mark Feinsand, who originally reported the two teams discussed a deal involving Castro and Gardner, tweeted that the Yankees would not be interested moving Gardner for Castro “but could be interested in Castro at another price.”
Feinsand explained Castro would give the Yankees a second baseman instead of Joe Girardi having to use a platoon of Dustin Ackley and Rob Refsnyder.
The Yankees have been talking to teams about Brett Gardner with the thought Brian Cashman would deal one of his favorite players for pitching.
Multiple reports have indicated the Yankees and Indians have discussed Brett Gardner with Cleveland sending one of their young pitchers, either Carlos Carrasco or Danny Salazar, to the Bronx for the veteran outfielder.
Starlin Castro had a poor first half of the season and lost his starting job at shortstop to Addison Russell. Castro moved to second base and excelled at the plate after switching positions.
Castro is owed $38 million over the next four seasons on the seven-year, $60 million extension he signed in August 2012. Castro is due $7 million in 2016, $9 million in 2017, $10 million in 2018 and $11 million in 2019. Castro’s contract includes performance bonuses and a club option for 2020 that is worth $16 million and has a $1 million buyout. Castro does not have a no-trade clause.
Brett Gardner is under contract through the 2018 season. Gardner’s contract calls for a $13 million salary in 2016, $12 million in 2017 and $11 million in 2018. There is a $2 million buyout on a $12.5 million club option for 2019. Gardner is owed a guaranteed $38 million.
The Cubs have been linked to Gardner as one of the options the front office is looking at in center field and to hit at the top of Joe Maddon’s lineup.
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