You got to hand it to John Mozeliak and company. They don’t sit around and lick their wounds. Not even 24 hours after dropping the World Series in 6 games to Boston, they are apparently already working the phones.
Normally, I would give this one some pause. However, there have been some rumbles for a while that the Cubs could move Castro. Then you have the Cards, who have been notably seeking an upgrade at the position.
What I’ve heard is the Cubs would want a package to center around Carlos Martinez, Shelby Miller or Tyrell Jenkins and possibly a shortstop. Supposedly the Cards didn’t exactly hang up the phone, I’m told.
At the end of the day, the Cubs need arms. They need pitching prospects, Loxas says. Castro is one of the chips the Cubs could deal to remedy that.
Three days ago, our player analyst Mitch Petanick suggested Castro as a potential Mets target:
Castro has all the tools to be a solid everyday player at the big league level. The Mets need help now, not in a couple of years, which is why Castro would be the trade target and not Javier Baez.
The problem with Castro seems to be his maturity. I guess it’s understandable to get frustrated when you are on teams struggling to win 70 games in a season. The question is whether the Mets would be a good fit for Castro considering his past history with mental lapses, and all the struggles the Mets have had winning games themselves the past couple of years.
CSNChicago.com recently took a look at the future of the Cubs with Castro and Baez, and here is what they had to say about Castro’s recent woes:
Yes, Castro still had a few moments where he drifted. You would, too, if you played 161 games for a 66-96 team. But he cut the errors down to 22, committing only eight in his final 85 games, which translated to a .979 fielding percentage that ranked fourth among shortstops in the league. He’s coachable. He works hard. He cares. He should get better defensively.
The 23-year old Dominican native, took a small step backwards in 2013 after a strong campaign the season prior that saw him bat .283 with 29 doubles, 12 triples and 14 home runs in 646 at-bats with 25 stolen bases and 76 runs scored.
He has proven to be very durable as well, averaging 161 games played over the last three seasons.
It sounds like if the Mets were to come knocking, Noah Syndergaard might be the asking price and I’m not willing to give him up for Castro – as much as I do like the young shortstop’s potential.