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stoveIt figures to be a quiet trade rumor week with the Draft on tap, but you never know: a team could try and swing a last minute deal involving a competitive balance draft pick.

  • Jon Heyman was on the radio this morning with Mully and Hanley on the Score, and, among other things, Heyman discussed Starlin Castro’s struggles and whether the Cubs would bail on him and seek a trade. Heyman didn’t think it was very likely, but he does believe that Castro does still have very large trade value because of the age, projectable talent, and the team-friendly contract. Even if the Cubs signaled to the world that they simply wanted to move on and dump him, Heyman believes they’d get plenty in return. I’d agree with Heyman, though, that it seems really premature to be talking about dumping a 23-year-old shortstop with above-average defensive upside and well above-average offensive upside, who happens to be signed through his prime on a team-friendly contract. No, his approach at the plate right now does not comport with the front office’s philosophy, but it’s being worked on. Let’s give it more than a season, spread over two years, to take hold. How much time would you give a top prospect to make serious changes to his approach at the plate if he had the kind of natural talent Castro has?
  • So, what’s “plenty” in return for Castro? Heyman didn’t elaborate (he didn’t feel the need, since, again, this is not likely to happen), but I don’t think you’d see the Cubs even consider considering a Castro deal that didn’t involve – as a start – a top 25 prospect and a top young, ML-ready pitcher. I’m sure they’d want more on top of that, and Castro’s value would justify that. Getting any more specific than that is a foolish exercise, because this is all wildly speculative to begin with. But folks are frustrated with Castro, and everyone wants to talk about trading him, however reactionary that might be …
  • Bruce Levine spoke to an AL scout about Scott Feldman last week, and the scout had some complimentary things to say. “He is one of those pitchers that you don’t get that excited about unless you watch him over a period of starts,” the scout told Levine. “He has really commanded his pitches this season and you see the confidence and consistent outings from him.” Obviously Feldman’s results this year have been excellent, and it is useful to know what scouts think when we’re calculating trade value (if it comes to that). Levine’s piece also has some thoughts from Feldman on that subject.
  • The Rangers have long been thought to be counting on a solid mid-season return from starter Colby Lewis to bolster a rotation that is already without Matt Harrison (who is not expected to return until August at the earliest after back surgery), and had been missing Alexei Ogando for the last few weeks with biceps tendonitis. Lewis, who is coming back from elbow surgery, recently had a “muscular” setback in his rehab, and has been shut down for a couple weeks. It’s fair to wonder whether the Rangers will start to get an itchy trigger finger to pick up a starter like Matt Garza (whom they almost acquired last year) or maybe a familiar face like Feldman.
  • Interesting: the Brewers acquired third baseman Juan Francisco, recently DFA’d by the Braves, in exchange for a meh minor league relief prospect. The move was interesting because it could signal a willingness on the Brewers’ part to become sellers next month – which is to say picking up Francisco, 25, could allow the Brewers to shop incumbent third baseman Aramis Ramirez. The latter turns 35 this Summer, and is owed $10 million this year, $16 million next year, and a $4 million buyout (or $14 million mutual option) in 2015. Given that the Cubs don’t really have a strong third baseman to shop at this point, Ramirez on the market probably doesn’t impact the Cubs’ sell efforts, unless there is a team looking for a bat at third base OR in the outfield, and that team prefers Ramirez to, for example, Alfonso Soriano. Mostly I’m just interested to see how quickly the Brewers give up on this season and become sellers generally. They could shop Yovani Gallardo, who is struggling, but whose presence on the market definitely would affect the Cubs.
  • Timmy

    So I hate to say it but I think we should trade Castro, for all of the reasons that he’s _great_ for the team: his age, contract, raw talent, etc.

    I say this in part because he seems more like a Juan Pierre 200-hit/low OBP/bad fielding kind of player than the Michael Young contact hitter that we had hoped. He’ll remain a good but not great addition to the team. But a guy like him, who’s not a huge impact player but fits nicely into a good lineup, doesn’t fit into a team that’s been sabotaged by deliberately low salary and unsportsmanlike owners for the next 3-4 years.

    • demz

      you can’t compare castro and pierre, as their tools are very, very different.

  • http://www.survivingthalia.com Mike Taylor (no relation)

    Wouldn’t it be something if the Cubs traded Garza to the Rangers for Profar?

    • Cubbie Blues

      Yes, it would be *something*. :P

      • http://www.survivingthalia.com Mike Taylor (no relation)

        I’m sure we’d have to kick in something else controllable, but we could trade Barney right away if this happens. Valbuena, Castro, Profar, Rizzo around the diamond looks good.

        Arismendy Alcantara will be put on the 40 man next year to prevent him from being a Rule 5 selection, so if he shows promise in Iowa (Lake will probably move to 3B or OF), then we can talk about trading Castro and moving Profar back over to his natural position at SS.

        • bbmoney

          I think something else controllable is putting it quite mildly.

        • hansman1982

          Mmm,

          Garza and Barney

          or

          Giancarlo Stanton.

          Tough choice.

  • Ben

    I know this was said in the article, but I’m not ready to give up on Starlin at all yet. A SS with his upside and contract is hard to find. Even though his trade value would go down exponentially the longer they wait for him to come around, I say theu give it at least two more years before the Cubs do anything drastic.

  • JulioZuleta

    I think the Cubs would be wise to trade Feldman early-ish. Otherwise you’ll have the situation next year where teams can leverage the Cubs against themselves with Feldman and Garza. I really, REALLY don’t want to have another LAD cluster this year…where the rumors are “the Dodgers are willing to include X and Y” and we are all speculating if that offer is for Feldman, or Garza. Last year was a mess. I’d rather not see it again.

  • SenorGato

    Wow seriously, a whole top 25 prospect for Castro? Think it can be Mr. 25 himself?

    Am I the only one not even slightly intrigued by that? Its not even close for me.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Not that I’m endorsing shopping Castro – or even speculating about his value – but that’s not what I said.

      • SenorGato

        Yeah, definitely a misrepresentation. Just hard to imagine getting a worthwhile trade offer.

  • SenorGato

    Question:

    If selling low.on Castro can be a discussion, what about selling high on Samardzija? He would.bring back a monster haul himself.

    • randy jones

      you need good young starters.

      • Eric

        And you’d get some in the trade.

      • SenorGato

        That you do. I think Samardzija would bring back that+++. Teams pay a ton for pitching. Maybe Samardzija brings back a top 25 himself.

    • Timmy

      Yeah this seems like a better idea if we’re going to burn the barn, especially since Castro is cheap into the future for a few years. Why avoid resigning Garza and Samardzija and then not trade them for big prospects? No way we win with them in their primes any time in the near future.

      In fact let’s say that in 4 years we are pretty good. That doesn’t mean we’ll perennially win, and a good team usually takes a few years to mature together and then drive forward. In other words it’s a pretty hopeless scenario right now, so we might as well stock up on prospects like Tampa did 10 years ago. Then we should fire Theo and get a better GM to rebuild.

      • hansman1982

        Mmm, I haven’t heard a FIRE-THEO line in a while…

        • Timmy

          Fire Theo, fire Hoyer, and fire Phil Rogers.

          • caryatid62

            I really wish fans could get fired.

            • Timmy

              Especially the ones who root on the side of ownership to put together a substandard team unless every player is hired under value. As though real baseball was fantasy stat baseball, or merely a random business transaction with clearance sales, instead of a sport with human players.

        • Kyle

          He’s answered pretty much every complaint I had this year. Other than his weird middle infielder reserve choices, but I’ll let that one slide for all the other great stuff he did.

    • JulioZuleta

      Don’t be surprised to hear a Samardzija trade rumor this summer. Maybe it gives him a little extra incentive to sign that extension.

      • Jay

        There’s no way they trade Smardj—he’s the kind of guy you want anchoring your staff. The only reason to trade him for prospects (not even proven ML talent) is if you don’t expect to be competitive any time in the next four years and I doubt even Ricketts himself is going to be that patient, never mind the fans.

        Castro just needs people to get out of his ear at the plate and be allowed to HIT. Defense is another story.

        • JulioZuleta

          I’d be shocked if they actually DID trade Samardzija, but if you float a little rumor out there…it might put a little subtle pressure on him to sign on for the next 4-5 years. If the Cubs are a middling team next year and he hasn’t signed an extension yet, you can count on it that he will be one of the hottest names on the trade market. I wouldn’t let him hit free agency with the Cubs. Next June I’d sit him down and say, sign here or start packing. For what guys of his caliber can fetch on the trade market these days, I just don’t think you risk not being able to resign him.

          • Pat

            Why would proposing to trade him put pressure on him to sign. The team that traded quality for him would be under even more pressure to sign him, and he probably make more on an extention.

    • Dave

      Let’s not do a Astros like rebuild.
      If the Cubs have any dreams of competing in the future (which I hope they do)guys like Castro and Samardzjia will be part of it.

  • randy jones

    I wouldnt move Castro. I think he ends up a 6 hitter on a good ball club. he has no business hitting in the 2 hole and to me he doesnt supply enough for the 3 hole. I still like him.

  • When the Music’s Over

    When the Cubs and Bloomberg ran that joint baseball analytics type event last year I asked whether giving baseball players too much information and instruction can create an over cerebral approach that could ultimately strip away players’ natural instinctual talent. I’m starting to believe that is problem with Castro. I just hope the Cubs front office isn’t trying to force feed everyone the same approach, as some guys will take well to the increased instruction, while others won’t. If that’s the case, they’re just as likely to hurt more players than help.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I remember that question on the live stream. It was a very good one.

    • Jay

      Could not agree MORE.

    • demz

      it’s certainly a possibility.

      I think the issue is though that whenever you learn something new, you are ALWAYS thinking about it. However, as it becomes more familiar you tend to not just “think about it” but actually “do” it, naturally. Baseball is all about doing something unnatural until it feels the opposite. Same with learning guitar, or any skill really.

      If Castro doesn’t seem to be taking to the new approach by the end of the season, yeah I think they need to re-evaluate their teaching philosophy. I’m sure they have (and are) thinking about those sorts of things. If not then the FO needs to step-up their R&D department.

    • Patrick W.

      This is exactly what Eric Wedge was trying to say about Dustin Ackley but Wedge doesn’t have the subtle instinct and botched it and got roasted for it.

  • Cub Style

    To everyone who wants to trade Castro,

    Look at the shortstops in the MLB right now.

    • Jon

      via Fangraphs, of the 19th qualified shortstops, Castro is 18th.

      Now if you consider shortstops 25 and under

      Segura, Simmons, Andrus and Kozma are ranked ahead. Let’s stop with this nonsense that Castro is untradable.

      • SenorGato

        I would much rather prefer to stop the nonsense that hes permanently stagnated because he is not a superstar at 23. Oh noes hes off a HOF pace is not.enough of a negative for me.

        • Jon

          Ok, as long as we can stop with the nonsense that it’s “ok” he’s posting a .650 OPS because he’s “only” 23.

          • hansman1982

            You do realize that three of those examples you listed have a lower wOBA this season than Castro? The other one you listed is a year older than Castro and riding a BABIPnearly 30 points higher than his career (including minor leagues)?

            This is Castro’s first season WITHOUT a wOBA above average for a SS AND he is only 23?

            Not sure what else you want from him? Maybe you have some water but you really want wine or you need to get across a lake but can’t swim. Maybe you have some demons you need driven out.

            • Pat

              Can we at least put to rest the assertion (not you specifically) that because he is young “he can only get better” and admit the possibility he could conceivably stay about the same or get worse in relation to his 2011 stats?

              • SenorGato

                Conceivable? Sure. Likely? Not really.

      • matty ice

        /end thread

        • TWC

          /notquite

          • hansman1982

            /debateissettled

      • hansman1982

        Segura – Hooray – he has all of a half of a season in the bigs and only 2 months of great production!!!!

        Simmons – .285 wOBA and a total of 400 PA in the bigs.

        Andrus – He is better than Castro, also a year older and having a down year as well with his .279 wOBA

        Kozma – 25 and struggling with a .282 wOBA. In fact, his only strong “season” came last year…over 82 PA.

        • Jon

          You completely missed my point, it wasn’t to say that all those players are necessarily better than Castro or that I would rather have them, I was just illustrating a point that Castro isn’t a rare jewel anymore(in terms of age and inexperience in the big leagues). There is a reason to be considered not only for his poor number, but aslo that he appears to be regressing in terms of performance.

          • Jon

            By no means, would I sell low on Castro, as I think he will bounce back, but if Castro by himself, or in a package got you some really damn good value, you have to consider it. In reality, very few players in all of baseball should be truly “untradable”. Maybe Mike Trout…

            • hansman1982

              The other point is that is is incredibly hard to find offensive talent like Castro’s at SS while still providing the defensive talent he does.

              He is “untouchable” in trade talks in that you are expecting trade offers that knock your socks off rather than if the Cardinals called and offered their top-5 prospects and Shelby Miller you’d still say no.

              • Rich H

                Remember that Arizona called Team Theo this winter to talk about Upton. They started with Castro and the phone was hung up. That should tell you all you need to know about the value of Castro in this front offices eyes (and their opinion is the only one that matters)………. BELLY FIRE (Just because no one has mentioned it as a plus or minus on this post yet)

          • SenorGato

            Not being shiny enough for some anymore is still not.nearly enough. A 23 YO playing his third full season in the majors is certainly within the realm of extremely rare.

            Castro is due for some regression to his mean. We’re still two years from the start of his prime.

  • CubbieKaryn

    I’d move Castro before even thinking about moving Samardzija. I think we should extend Samardzija. As far as Castro, I think we should wait at least a year or 2. We’d get a great package for him, and we’ve got Javier Baez that will be ready in the next couple of years.

  • OlderStyle

    I’d be really curious to see what the return on a Castro trade would look like. I like him but no one is untouchable. If he really projected to be an elite player, I would say no, but he doesn’t fit that profile.
    If recent narratives are to be believed, this team won’t be spending much on free agents for a while. The influx of cheap, young talent a Starlin trade could garner might very tempting.

  • JulioZuleta

    Brett, I think I know what your “something special” for the trade deadline blog-a-thon. It’s actually going to start on draft day and go straight though the deadline. I knew you’d step it up.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I have so many energy shots in me that I’m peeing lava.

  • Cyranojoe

    A “quite” trade rumor week, Brett? I’m sure you meant “quite a quiet” week, no doubt. ;)

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Bah. :)

  • OCCubFan

    Last winter, there were rumors about sending Soriano to Philadelphia and getting Dominic Brown in return. The thought was that the Phillies were giving up on Brown. I don’t know how much substance stood behind the rumor, but take a look at what Brown is doing this year: 16 HRs, .895 OPS.

  • Next Year Come Faster

    Castro can easily become part of the 3000 hit club, why would you trade someone who can have 3000 hits for someone who is still in single-a player who has his own problem of striking out to much and not walking enough.

    • Jon

      Who are you referring to?

      • Next Year Come Faster

        Baez, when ever luke post his minor league update there is always note about his strike outs and his high strike out rate.

  • Jon

    When I talk about not labeling Castro “untradble”, I’m thinking of a possible scenario where you flip Castro for picks that can net you Stanton when the Marlins decide to trade him. Would I give up Castro to get STanton? In a heartbeat.

  • Joshua Shapiro

    The only way we can move Castro is if we think Baez can stick at short or Arismendy is a for real prospect.

    • hansman1982

      You most certainly do not consider trading Castro because we have Baez and Arismendy, you trade him because the net positive of the return will outweigh Castro’s net positives.

      Now, if Baez were tearing up AA or AAA ball with few concerns, then maybe you add that to the return column…maybe.

      • Joshua Shapiro

        I would think that part was assumed. If we have pipelined 2 very good prospects who, if they follow the normal development patterns, should contribute at the major league level within the next year and a half. The following reason would be a good reason for me, using the 2 pick in the draft to pick up Kris Bryant (who many are assuming is a 1B prospect, but has always slotted in at 3B). He’s a college hitter with an advanced approach and plus power. Stick Baez at SS in a year or 2, Bryant at 3B in a year or two, Gioskar or at 2B, Rizzo at 1B. OF – Soler, Almora, Jackson (possibly). Pencil in Samardzija, Jackson (terrible signing) Wood, Garza and there’s the rotation for the next couple years.

        If you look around the league and try to look at budget conscientious clubs that have what we really need (advanced pitching prospects) I see the San Diego Padres as the most logical choice. Good previous relationship, cash strapped, pitching rich, no real SS prospect in the pipeline (Gyorko at 2B or 3B if Headley leaves) and light hitting evereth Cabrera. Possibly go after an injured guy too like Rymer Liriano and a Matt Wisler combo, along with possibly a boxberger or Gergorson type to continue bullpen improvement?

        The last point is that this would make COMPLETE sense if/when they make a run at David Price.

  • Rcleven

    ” It’s fair to wonder whether the Rangers will start to get an itchy trigger finger to pick up a starter like Matt Garza (whom they almost acquired last year) or maybe a familiar face like Feldman.”

    I would laugh my fanny off if Texas acquired Feldman. A Team that gave up on him and they had to give up prospects when they could have kept him for a little more cash.

    Garza would be a real possibility.
    Olt is struggling right now and a chance to pick him up on the cheap. So OLT plus another top 10 system prospect?

    • Jon

      Olt, I read had a minor I problem that was recently identified and corrected.

      • hansman1982

        It could be the problem was hitting AAA pitching…they did just demote him to AA.

        • http://bigleaguefutures.net Kevin Gallo

          Olt had eye surgery. He is just going back now. I won’t start at AAA either let him get his confidence back first then move him back up.

  • Schrodinger’s Cat

    Where is the power from Castro? I can probably live with the fact that he a free swinger, low on-base guy, but he can’t be a guy where everything he hits are singles. There is no pop off his bat right now. That is worrisome.

    • SenorGato

      Is it actually permanently worrisome or just one of those things to react to during a long season without enough wins?

    • Rcleven

      Baseball is a marathon and not a sprint. Players have ups and downs. Castro is struggling right now. Like a bad burrito this too will pass. Will he be a .300 hitter? No. Will he be a .240 hitter? No. Give him some time to readjust. Power will come with age. With age he will put on more weight. If stays in shape with a bigger body the power will come naturally.

      • Schrodinger’s Cat

        Um, no. His mechanics are terrible. Right now, his swing is what scouts refer to as a “slider’s swing”. He is trying to poke the ball, get bloop hits because his hands are starting way too quickly and he is trying to make an adjustment midway through his swings. It’s worrisome because the book is out on Castro and even though he still gets the bat on the ball everything is put into play weakly. This isn’t just some ordinary slump. Castro is going to have to change something in order to get back on track. He is 23 years old too. I just don’t see him adding on that many pounds and becoming any more of a power hitter. He body hasn’t really changed at all since he has been here.

  • Tim

    I wouldn’t trade Castro unless he is the centerpiece in a trade for Stanton

    • mjhurdle

      Not sure how heavily i pursue a 23 year old player who has had knee surgery, shoulder issues, and missed significant time in 2 of the three spring trainings due to other ailments. I like the idea of Stanton as much as the next guy, but there is injury risk there, especially considering most of his value is centered around power. .
      Unless the Marlins somehow lowered their asking price, which i doubt they would, i don’t like the idea of the Cubs dumping a bunch of prospects for Stanton.

  • Mr. Gonzo

    Why would we trade Castro away when his stock is at an all-time low? Patience, young padawans.. it’s hopefully just a down adjustment-year at age 23. And trading Shark is ridiculous, especially when Theo would practically give away your children to have four more like him. He has very low mileage on that arm for his age and talent.

    I predict we draft Appel/Gray, trade Garza (+/- peripherals) to either Boston for 3B Garin Cecchini or Texas for 3B Mike Olt, and then trade whomever of Feldman/DeJesus/Soriano/Barney/Marmol that we can for more young, high-side talent. This gives us a 3B and SP ready for impact in 2014, and creates room for the young guys to come in and compete (Alcantara, Lake, etc.) at 2nd, OF. My fingers are crossed for Cecchini…

    • Crockett

      Cecchini is an OBP machine and a good defensive 3B, but does he have the power to stay there? He’s 22 at A+ level…which is a level low, and has 1hr/50ab ratio right now. just something that concerns me. If he’s ultimately going to be at 2B, then his value is reduced given the amazing plethora of middle infielders the Cubs have.

      Also, I don’t think the Cubs have interest in Olt anymore. His vision problems have just now cleared up and those aren’t the type of “injuries” you mess around acquiring.

      • Mr. Gonzo

        I didn’t know about Olt’s vision problems, Crockett. I dealt with vision issues in high school, not something you can shake off. I am definitely seduced by Cecchini’s OBP – I don’t remember where but I read that he could grow into the 3B power… if he is projected to be a 2B, it definitely reduces the long-term ‘sexiness’ of his stats.

  • Rizzofanclub

    I love the trade rumors even if 99% of them are complete crap. Here is a few rumors that make a lot of sense that I have read on different sites: Garza to the Pirates for Luis Heredia (fringe top 100 guy) and another top 25ish Pirates prospect. This would be great for the Pirates b/c they get to send the message to their fans they are not going to choke away the great start while keeping their 4 best prospects. Wacha and Matt Adams to Cleveland for Asdrubal Cabrera (Indians have Lindor in the minors and he will be a top 5 prospect ready to take over ss, this would set the Indians up for a playoff run in 2014, and Profar and small pieces for Stanton (Miami knows they can’t extend Stanton and they won’t be in the playoff race for a few years) Again these might be complete bs but hey they are fun to think about.

  • #1lahairfan

    I think that when Castro does not make the All-Star team for the first time he’ll start playing with a chip on his shoulder.

    • Pat

      I hope you’re right, and think you might be. The elephant in the room that no one wants to mention is that Castro’s numbers started declining not long after he got PAID. This is not to insinuate that it is some sort of conscious decision, but the reality is that when you remove incentive, production suffers. It depends on the person, but pride can be a pretty powerful motivator.

      • hansman1982

        No, his dip in production started last June. He got paid sometime around August 28th. From August 28th on he had an .839 OPS.

        • Pat

          It was actually Aug 19th, but he did have a good September. Honestly, I wasn’t really watching much by that point. Still, taken in total the numbers have declined since the extension.

          • hansman1982

            I guess I was going off when it was reported…

            http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-08-28/sports/ct-spt-0829-castro-cubs-brewers-chicago–20120829_1_starlin-castro-hoyer-years-of-free-agency

            It’s possible the extension caused him to get fat and lazy over the offseason but I attribute the decline in production to a better scouting report being built about him, pitchers using his poor batting eye to continually expand his hit zone and throwing him more fastballs (which, reportedly, he has issues catching up with).

            2/3rds of this is why I am INCREDIBLY worried about Baez, despite what the scouts say about his poor batting eye stats just being because he thinks he can crush every pitch.

            • Pat

              You’re right. The 28th was when it was finalized, the 19th was when it was leaked to the press. I was looking at an artice on the leak apparently. I don’t doubt scouting has caught up to him to some degree but oftentimes multiple factors are involved.

  • Crockett

    I think there is a significant difference between the Cubs looking for a trade for Castro and them being blown away by an unsolicited offer. If a team like the Pirates or Yankees…teams with pretty good minor league systems…came and said, “We want Castro…what would it take?”, then you know that Jedstein would have to come up with a shoot-for-the-moon type scenario. I have no problem with trading Castro if the deal is significantly lopsided in their favor. No fan should have a problem with that.

  • cubfanincardinalland

    Is it too late to switch the contracts for Feldman and Edwin (puppydog) Jackson?

  • Jason

    Johnathan Gray tested positive for a banned substance Adderall.

  • When the Music’s Over

    I could care less if Castro (or any other player for that matter) is traded if in doing so the team gets better. Shouldn’t that always be the goal?

    Also, there are a lot of people that have almost blind faith in our front office at the current moment. With that in mind, why are there so many people that think that if Castro was to be moved, that it would be for a sub-par return? Because his value is down right now? I’d venture to guess our front office realizes that, and isn’t going to entertain any sub-par offers.

    • Kyle

      That philosophy is simultaneously true and pointless.

      I don’t want to trade Castro based on my evaluation of the situation. I believe that our front office won’t trade him for the same reasons.

      That doesn’t mean I would automatically assume they’d made a mistake without seeing the return if they did trade him. My opinion that they shouldn’t trade him could change with new information, which would include the trade itself.

      • When the Music’s Over

        Of course. My whole post was that people are arguing about something that is in essence pointless. Our front office isn’t going to trade him unless it makes the team better. At least I have enough confidence in our front office to believe that.

  • Die hard

    Don’t trade Castro until he gets some DL plus rehab time for that hammy

  • Stevie B

    The ones even considering trading Samardicantspellthelastpart, are either under the age of 10 or smoking meth.
    He is just now learning how to pitch.

    • Voice of Reason

      Yes, but what if the front office can’t work out an extension and he wants to test the free agent waters this off season?

      Maybe the front office should trade him before the deadline and get something for him… and then try to resign him in the off season? Or, simply trade him and not resign him?

      The Shark is just learning how to pitch, but what is his ceiling? Perhaps a number two, but probably a solid #3.

      • ari gold

        Are you talking about Shark or Garza, because Shark is under control for 2 more years after this one. Shark’s ceiling is way higher than a 2 or 3. He’s probably a #1 right now.

  • 70′scub

    Castro still has not missed a game after getting the contract. I think mangement plus Castro himself are trying to feel out how much power can he really generate, (18 home runs, 40+ extra base hits with 50 walks, 70-80 rbi). Worse case this type of stat line might take 2-3 years to develop. At that point mangement can make a decision on what to do with a 26 year old SS that has about 800-1000 hits with six years of big league ball under his belt. Again the Cubs still will have him under contract for several more seasons. Please FO at this time concentrate on the other 30 or more spots on the Cub 40 man roster!

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