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dale sveum starlin castroThe Cubs are off today for the first time in two and a half weeks, but there’s plenty to discuss – not only in these Bullets, but as the day goes on.

  • The Cubs have been working with Starlin Castro on his defense, which may not have been immediately apparent yesterday, as Castro made his league-leading 13th and 14th errors of the year. His struggles on defense (though, he still flashes ridiculous talent there from time to time) are compounded by his obvious and painful struggles at the plate. It’s just been one big struggle this year. “These are things everybody goes through and part of the adversity everybody goes through,” Sveum said, per Cubs.com. “Some guys have peaks and valleys. You’re going to go through this at some point in your career … People can go 25, 30, 35 years without any adversity in their life. You see what kind of man you are when you have to deal with adversity. Everybody has to go through it in life. Nobody said life was easy.” 2013 has definitely not been easy for Castro, who, in addition to leading baseball in errors (tied with Pedro Alvarez), is now hitting just .228/.264/.318 on the year. His wOBA of .257 is shocking, as is his -1.1 WAR. It’s all very difficult to watch, and it’s turning every discussion about Castro into a negative vomit-fest that nobody wants to read. Speaking of which, maybe we could avoid doing that in the comments to this post …
  • Ian Stewart has been activated at AAA Iowa, coming off of his suspension for inappropriate tweets. It appears that, for now, the two sides weren’t able to work out a release that gets Stewart what he wants (freedom to sign with another team) and the Cubs what they probably deserve if Stewart is going to get that (saving some money). No word on whether they’re still working at it.
  • Steve Clevenger’s rehab assignment with Iowa was up this weekend, but he apparently was feeling a little tightness in the oblique that originally sidelined him, so he’ll stay at Iowa for now. There was a chance that Clevenger was going to be the guy the Cubs called up to filled their current positional deficiency, but the Cubs will now probably go with either Dave Sappelt or Brian Bogusevic. It seems like Sappelt would have the edge as a righty who is already on the 40-man roster. Junior Lake – also on the 40-man – has an outside shot, too, I suppose. We should see a move today or tomorrow.
  • As for opening up a roster spot – i.e., which reliever is going down – Bruce Miles speculates that it could actually be Henry Rodriguez, the reliever the Cubs made a trade with the Nationals to acquire. The Cubs would have to designate Rodriguez for assignment before they could try to sneak him through waivers and outright him to Iowa. Then, even if he passed through waivers, he would have the right to refuse the assignment and become a free agent, because of his major league service time (more than three years). In other words, I’d be surprised if the Cubs took this approach, even if Rodriguez is a guy they’d probably love to be able to stash. The problem, though – and this could be why the decision is taking so long – is that the Cubs don’t have an obvious choice. It won’t be Gregg/Villanueva/Russell/Marmol, and it probably won’t be Shawn Camp. That leaves only Blake Parker (who’s been awesome) and Hector Rondon (who’s a Rule 5 pick and cannot be optioned). It would be great timing for Rondon to come down with a minor “injury,” but sometimes that’s difficult to fake. So, maybe Rodriguez wouldn’t be so shocking after all.
  • Although Dioner Navarro has caught each of Matt Garza’s last two (dominant) starts, Dale Sveum won’t say that Navarro is Garza’s personal catcher, and won’t guarantee that he always catches Garza. But he’s kind of softened his previous hard-line stance on the issue. “I’m not going to lie to you and say it’s not a thought [to pair them together], but only if it works out,” Sveum said, per Cubs.com. “I’m not going to put [Navarro] in there for that reason.” For the reasons I discussed in the previous post on this issue, I’m glad the Cubs are making sure to publicly say Garza can pitch well no matter who is behind the plate. That said, I’d be surprised if Navarro didn’t catch 75+% of Garza’s starts from here until the Trade Deadline.
  • Dale Sveum on the Cubs’ approach at the plate this year.
  • Timothy Scarbrough

    When thinking about trade value, does the added value of Garza pitching extremely well with a personal catcher in Navarro, compensate for the perceived difficulty of other teams finding a catcher to use to catch Garza? Assuming Navarro becomes Garza’s personal catcher and he does well until the trade deadline.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That’s the question – you also have to factor in whether it’s actually true that Garza would pitch so much better with Navarro behind the plate. Also, Castillo is a better defensive catcher than Navarro, so that has a modest impact, too.

      In the end, I think the Cubs are playing this right: make Garza comfortable, but tell the world that it his comfort has nothing to do with why Navarro keeps catching him.

      • Timothy Scarbrough

        I’m inclined to agree with you. And I certainly don’t expect Garza to pitch as poorly as he did in his last game with Castillo with an catcher consistently.

      • Rich H

        It kind of looks like Sveum settled right in the middle of both of our points on twitter the other day Brett. Lets just hope that Garza puts together a few high quality starts before he is moved now.

    • Joe

      Another good start by Garza and lets get rid of him before his next injury. The guy is a bad apple.

  • Jp3

    It’s aweful that because of contract situations that Blake Parker is probably the odd man out over Marmol… Effectiveness is almost irrelevant in this situation which is a sad.

    • waittilthisyear

      i do not, and likely will not, understand why anyone other than camp would be replaced in the bullpen. or marmol, for that matter

    • willis

      Very sad. The guy performs, and yet will be sent back down so that another guy can blow leads/games. Awesome.

      • BluBlud

        Yeah, because this has never happened before. I agreee, it’s screwed up, but Parker serves not much purpose for the team right now. They can option him down freely, and not lose anything. The Cubs will try to hold on to what ever trade bait they have, and the guys like Parker will be back up after the deadline.

        • willis

          Problem is with that argument…what trade value does Marmol or Camp have? That’s what it comes down to unless they try to sneak Rodriguez through. If there were a stable of even decent relievers that had a chance to help this team and establish/improve trade value, I’m on board. But there isn’t, and unlike a lot of you, I like winning games. I like protecting leads. Maybe that’s just me. I guess I have issues.

          • Jay

            Exactly—Zero trade for either of those meatball servers.

            • willis

              Right. Marmol and/or Camp could be lights out the next 3-4 weeks (they won’t) and still wouldn’t get anything back in a trade. The damage has been done. Both are washed up and no contending team, that actually tries to win, is going to take a chance on their services.

              I’d rather get Parker the experience, and just let guys that have proven they are terrible walk.

              • X the Cubs Fan

                But if Camp starts pitching good again he could be a valuable add in.

                • Eternal Pessimist

                  Send Marmol down…are we really worried someone would try to snag him from us??? Rodriquez may have future value and Marmol’s value is DEAD. Maybe he could revive himself in AAA and get some interest if he gets his head back on straight, or learns to be a younger pitcher somehow, or gets Lasix surgery, or takes some roids, or….

                  • hansman1982

                    If you try to send Marmol to the minors all he is going to do is block the assignment and then you get to either release him or play the DFA game with someone else.

    • hansman1982

      Welcome to the last 100 years of baseball. Good to have you.

  • Jp3

    Oh also, please call someone up other than Sappelt… Bogus is a lefty which I get we have enough left handed hitting OFs and lake needs more ABs but for the love of all that is holy, please no more Sappelt.

    • mdavis

      yeah, with the DH option coming up, Bogusevic would be legit, but i think we would need a 40 man spot for him. Which may tip the scales to Sappelt or dark horse Lake if they wanted to ride a hot hand (which i doubt).

      • Jp3

        Yeah, it’s not like we’re trying to win games😀. Who wants to ride the hot hand? Man I can’t wait until next year when we’re actually trying to win a game here and there. Then again, if we’re going to suck I’d prefer we do it at least as good as this year to get a higher draft pick.

        • hansman1982

          We were trying to win games in April and maybe even some of May.

        • mdavis

          ha agreed. they just may not want to interrupt Lake’s development.

          • kenster

            I say call up Lake and let him start for 6 games while the other position player maybe valbuena or soriano DHs maybe even let Lake play 2nd and Barney SS to give Castro time to DH and a little more rest. After the 6 games make another call up for sappelt or bogusevic to give lake a taste while he doesn’t ride the bench

  • Rich H

    If Blake Parker is the one sent down it will not be for long. The kid has done nothing to hurt his chances of being the closer after Gregg and Marmol are gone. Would love to see him get a chance second half of the season and see what we got.

    • mdavis

      i’ve been reading Parker has been solid. haven’t seen him yet though. What’s his stuff looking like?

      • Dustin S

        He has started throwing a splitter which has dramatically improved his stuff. It’s got some late break and he can throw it for strikes.

        My guess would be one of these 3 happening; send Parker down knowing there will be plenty of roster room via trades in 5 weeks or sooner to bring him back, a Rondon pseudo-injury, or Theo working the phones now for a trade to make room. I wouldn’t be surprised if that last one is what’s happening and is why they’ve been putting off making a roster move as long as they can.

  • X the Cubs fan

    Even if they send Parker down, which I don’t think they’ll do, he’ll be back up by August 1st.

  • HackAttack

    Why does Shawn Camp get a pass?

  • X the Cubs fan

    But as a positive Blue Jays look like buyers!

    • Austin8466

      This can’t be overstated enough. They had some very legit pieces to sell off, and it would’ve heavily affected the value of guys we’re trying to trade. Now, they’ll be buyers and may even look our way for a trade.

      Very great development.

  • BluBlud

    What’s the big deal about Navarro Catching for garza. Maddux had a personal catcher for years with Atlanta. I recall that working out very well for all sides.

    SN: Has anyone notice that Barney is crushing the ball lately. His last 12 games he gone .333/.407/.479/.886 and has a hit in 11 of those games and has reached base in all of them.

    • Chad

      If his success is truly associated with a certain catcher it can drive down his trade value. Unless someone needs to trade for a backup catcher as well, but I doubt anyone really wants to do that. This is all in Garza’s head, which I can imagine is a pretty scary place. Don’t want to upset the apple cart, but don’t want to give other teams ammunition to diminish trade value.

      • Jay

        I think Garza long ago established his ability, regardless of who’s catching. I mentioned the Maddux thing a few days ago.

  • Cubsfanforever

    I sure dont want to see Sappelt up again. I have watched him several times in Iowa and I certainly am not impressed. Maybe lake hasnt enough at bats to get called up yet but hopefully they try someone else. If you are going nowhere this year give someone else a shot. Totally agree on Parker, why not move Camp or someone else. Camp is out of here after this year so who cares.

    • willis

      I’d rather Lake simply because he gives more versatility, is a RH bat, and on the 40 man. But again, hopefully it happens in the next few days, not today or tomorrow.

  • Jp3

    Brett/Luke, any word on Bryant? I find it interesting there are so few rumors with where he’s at seeing the other 9 of our picks in the first 10 rounds have inked and the picks above and below him in the draft have also signed

    • sclem21

      I thought it was pretty well established that he has parameters in place for a deal but will wait til close to the deadline so scoop up any scraps of bonus pool not used to sign other players…I think they’ve covered that here more than once

      • Jp3

        My point is that there hasn’t been a peep. Appel has signed, Stewart, and gray.. Not saying its a bad thing, just odd there are zero rumors when it appeared he’d probably be quicker to sign than the rest seeing we (mentioned on this site by a multitude of people) have the upper hand at draft time. We all figured there would probably be some wink wink deal being that we’d pit Bryant and the other pitching prospects against each other. For an obviously starved pitching organization it just seems weird with the feet dragging.

    • Kevin

      Is it me or is this FO a little wet behind the ears? 2 years in a row Boras takes the Cubs to the cleaners.

      • BT

        It’s you.

      • Chad

        Definitely you.

      • Cubbie Blues

        I concur with the others. It’s you.

        • hansman1982

          Eh, maybe they didn’t dry off properly after their showers this morning.

          Then again, I do thoroughly enjoy posts that are backed up by absolutely nothing, like, at all, anywhere, anytime, anyplace.

      • MichiganGoat

        Yeah that whats happening OR (in rational world) Boras is representing his client and maximizing his value. Here is what I’m guessing has happened: Boras/Bryant has a agreed to a $ (underslot) and then an agreement that after the Cubs were done with their other deals Byrant would get the remaining pool money (plus the 5% overage pool). He is going to sign, the Cubs won’t go over their pool (plus the 5%), and he will be a Cub before the signing deadline.

        • DarthHater

          Sounds about right.

        • Rebuilding

          I think that is spot on

        • Rich H

          I agree it all points to that. So the telling part will be when Bryant does have an official signing. Because that is when it probably means they are done signing anyone else.

        • Cubbie Blues

          MG, this is exactly what I have been thinking.

  • 0708champs

    Would it be possible to trade Navarro in a package deal with Garza, and the other team woild continue to use Navarro as Garza’s personal catcher.

    • sclem21

      possible. not anything near probable

    • Chad

      It is possible, but I would doubt that Garza would want that stigma with him. It may be more difficult to get that big contract after this year if you are dependent on your catcher coming with you. Mind you a catcher that isn’t even starting caliber on the cubs this year. If it does occur that way the cubs would likely be giving Navarro away for free or getting another backup catcher in return, so yes it is possible but I think everyone would prefer that it did not occur that way.

      • X the Cubs Fan

        Its not he him being reliant on him he just trusts him with pitches and is comfortable pitching too him. Its not like he needs to have the same catcher just needs to practice with the new catcher whoever that may be. You guys are over thinking.

  • Jonathan

    As a team not in contention, the value proposition has to be who has the most value either getting results in the future or through trade value. As such Marmol should be released. It is not actually a hard decision.

    • gocatsgo2003

      Your conclusion is completely unsupported by your analysis — it’s either all about grease value or future wins, but we should release him and guarantee we get neither out of him?

    • gocatsgo2003

      Trade value. Dang iPhone.

      • Jonathan

        Because there is nothing he can do in this season that will give him trade value unless he pitches scoreless ball between now and the end of August which he has shown no signs of being capable of doing. Otherwise you are keeping him at the expense of others with no future value to the Cubs.

        Without a miracle he is dead weight.

  • Don

    Why not give Castro a few days off to regroup? Forget the consecutive game streak! He just became a new dad and may be having a tough time adjusting to this.

    • Carew

      I do really believe that having a newborn baby around is a part of his on-field woes.

      Maybe Brett can give him some pointers :)

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I know that it definitely affects my production/effectiveness.

        • hansman1982

          For whatever reason it took me until this morning to think of this; however, in the Spring of 2011, Dempster’s daughter was having some serious issues with her disease, Dempster pitched like garbage and the dumpsters (see what I did there, I am clever) were opened and readied for him.

    • hansman1982

      “Forget the consecutive game streak!”

      I think you may be the only one who is actively thinking about it.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I’m not so sure about that.

        • hansman1982

          Are you thinking the FO/Dugout folks are concerned about it?

          • JulioZuleta

            I would be really disappointed if this was factoring into the decision-making.

          • Freshness21

            Probably not so much “concerned.” Maybe cognizant is a better word. The kid is young and got an early start on the streak. Plus, the Cubs are terrible. Might as well keep the streak alive in case he’s still good and healthy in 18 years. Then the Cubs have a great marketing opportunity. Pipe dream, but worth the gamble at this point when we have nothing to lose. Sadly, it only helps our chances of landing Carlos Rodon next year to have him hit .200 and have 42 errors.

  • mudge

    Release Marmol. Garza has a history of pitching well to lots of catchers. To me this reflects on Castillo more than Garza.

    • mdavis

      i think people are making too much of it. its one game. maybe they just werent on the same page, it happens. Castillo has called good games for other starters.

  • Big Joe

    I don’t see the big deal with Garza having the guy behind the plate that he wants. I totally disagree with the notion that it decreases his trade value. It’s about him being on the same page with a guy. It’s about his comfort. In no way does it say that he can’t be effective/good with another guy back there.
    Maybe he likes how the guy sets up. Maybe they think alike, as far as pitch calling. I really don’t care. Hurts his trade value? I seriously doubt it.
    Perhaps, Garza is setting himself up for an excuse when he doesn’t pitch well. “Uh, you know…I didn’t have MY GUY back there, and all…”.
    I realize that sounds silly. It is. About as silly as saying his trade value is decreased if he’s perceived as a pitcher that can only throw to the catcher of his choice.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      The best kind of argument:

      The argument that X is a thing is silly because I say it is.

      • Big Joe

        Not sure what you want to hear. I made my point, and gave my reasons why. Perhaps, you just weren’t listening. I don’t agree “because it’s silly”. I don’t agree, because of the reasons I listed.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          You did not list a single reason why other teams would definitely not be even the slightest bit concerned that Garza indicates he cannot pitch well without his preferred guy behind the plate. The entirety of your argument about that point was “teams wouldn’t be worried about that because it’s silly.”

          • Big Joe

            Yes, sir. It IS silly.
            My “argument”? I’m not here to argue.
            I gave my opinion. That’s it.
            I’ll come back in a few days. No time for this shit.

            • Jp3

              **drops mike***

              • Jp3

                Shoot meant ***drops mic***

            • Cubbie Blues

              Or, don’t even bother. Supplying facts to back up an argument (or opinion of you like that term better) isn’t a big ask of someone.

              • hansman1982

                Hey, it’s just an opinion, we certainly cannot challenge his opinion…

                • Cubbie Blues

                  [img]http://www.dor-lomin.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/lebowski-opinion-300×225.jpg[/img]

                  • Cubbie Blues

                    try it again.
                    [img]http://www.dor-lomin.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/lebowski-opinion-300×225.jpg[/img]

                    • hansman1982

                      fail again, seriously, at this point, it’s like Calendar trivia…why do you even try,

                    • Jp3

                      We knew what you were aiming for Lebowski.

                    • DarthHater

                      [img]http://i2.minus.com/iiZRzq14FjCMU.jpg[/img]

                    • Cubbie Blues

                      No. Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try.

                    • hansman1982

                      then you need to do not…clearly, the doing is not working for you…

                    • Jp3

                      Is this like “do karate yes or do karate no, do karate say so… Squash like grape”

                    • Cubbie Blues

                      Seriously Jp? It’s from Star Wars.

              • Big Joe

                You see, Cubbie, that’s the beauty of giving one’s opinion. Opinion isn’t confined to the restraints of “arguments”. Opinion can be, well…just stated. They aren’t required to be presented in a particular manner, or maybe, the way a certain individual would like.
                You’re welcome to disagree all day, if the need arises.
                I may, or may not, return to this site. But, don’t live under the misguided impression that anything you say will influence my choice.

                • Cubbie Blues

                  Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.

                  • Spencer

                    “Reasons why the front page is better than the message board”

                    Bullshit like this comment strain.

                • http://www.shadowsofwrigley.com T C

                  Sure, but if you want people to take your opinion seriously and not, say, like the ramblings of an uninformed buffoon, it’s good to back up your opinion with logic/reasoning/an explanation of your thought process. If you don’t, no one has any reason to think about what you’re trying to say

            • bryan

              someone get this guy some midol ^

              • bryan

                big joe that is. not you hansmen lol

                • TWC

                  Nah, you were right the first time.

                  • hansman1982

                    I think I need prescription strength…

              • Jp3

                and some cranberry juice with the 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            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              For whatever it’s worth, “making an argument” is quite different from “arguing.” I agree – I’m not really interested in the latter, either.

              • Big Joe

                Fair enough.

                • Chad

                  If you state an opinion without any facts to back it up and then do not defend your opinion then you could just as easily show a picture of your toilet after your morning BM, because that would be equivalent of your opinion. Sorry, that’s just my opinion.

                  • DarthHater

                    Before anybody asks, the answer is no, I will not post a meme for this. :-P

    • hansman1982

      “In no way does it say that he can’t be effective/good with another guy back there”

      I like how the rest of your comment contradicts this line.

      • Big Joe

        Ahh, Hans….back in attack mode, I see. I’m not going to argue with you this time. Have a great day. Enjoy being a complete asshole to someone else.

        • Cedlandrum

          It’s a big deal Joe because it could mean that if you don’t trade Navarro with Garza, then Garza won’t be as good.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            Which we don’t necessarily believe is actually true – the problem is you don’t want to plant any seeds of doubt, and you don’t want Garza suggesting his own level of discomfort with other catchers.

            • Cedlandrum

              right because he was very effective his first year pitching for the Cubes and Navarro wasn’t on the team.

        • hansman1982

          If what I posted is THAT big of an attack…I really need to seek professional help.

          Combine the recent injury issues with poor starts when Navarro doesn’t catch and suddenly the buying teams have some ammo against the Cubs. Silly or not, we don’t want that floating out there.

          • DarthHater

            Compared to a lot of the completely unfounded, uninformed, and utterly absurd BS that gets posted here, I thought Big Joe’s initial comment was pretty close to a scholarly treatise.

        • Stinky Pete

          I hope he picks me….

          • Cubbie Blues

            I think I have the market cornered on that one Stinky.

          • hansman1982

            I have you slated for July 15th…if that works for you.

        • Cubsfanforever

          I have to agree somewhat with Big Joe. Seems like a few of you are just waiting to pounce on someones posts sometimes. I certainly dont mean you Brett. I rarely post because I would be a bigger dick than Big Joe. Whats the point of saying anything if you are going to be crucified.

          • DarthHater

            “I certainly dont mean you Brett.”

            But … but … but Brett started it! :-P

            • Cubbie Blues

              That and Big Joe (I wonder if he is overcompensating with that one) has been an ass for quite awhile now.

              • Big Joe

                6′ 4″, 230 lbs. Not at all.

          • Hansman1982

            Don’t worry…BN’s Sanhedrin is always fair and just.

  • Rebuilding

    As to Garza – talk about small sample size alert. He’s pitched a few good games with Navarro behind the plate. Big deal. He has pitched well to a variety of catchers over the years.

    With respect to the roster move – what is the purpose of Shawn Camp on this team? He’s not going to be here when we are good. Assuming we are sellers and pointing to 2014(15) why wouldn’t we let Parker keep doing his thing. Sending him down to keep Camp makes no sense to me

    • cubmig

      “As to Garza – talk about small sample size alert. He’s pitched a few good games with Navarro behind the plate. Big deal. He has pitched well to a variety of catchers over the years.”

      Good point. That’s why I think Garza’s beef is a criticism on Sveum and nothing more. (Have WE made it more than that?) And…. if Garza cares about his rep as a pitcher, he should revert back to doing what he’s done all along; pitch well to anyone catching him.

  • Die hard

    Short term — Valbuena to 2B Barney to SS and Stewart to 3B— Castro on bench to back up all 3

    • Carew

      No

    • Cedlandrum

      I have suspected you of being on drugs for sometime now and I know it is true now.

      • hansman1982

        Wow, took you long enough…

    • Timothy Scarbrough

      How can you even come up with a solution that asinine?

  • Jay

    Don’t think Barney has the arm for SS. Castro puzzles me, because all his errors are on throws—he’s got soft hands and good range.

    • hansman1982

      You realize that Barney was a SS until Castro bumped him from it.

      • bbmoney

        Lots of people are SS’s…… until they get moved.

        I’ve also heard Barney’s arm is fringy for an every day SS. Which is just to say certain people believe that, I’m sure others don’t.

  • morgan

    Would you trade Castro for maybe a Taijaun Walker of the Mariners, think it would be a good trade, Gives the Cubs a future Ace and you wont have to move Baez, and it gives the Mariners a shortstop for years to come, I think its about time to start seeing what you can get for Castro, the kid is never going to hit for power, which made me believe something like this was going to happen, its tough to keep the same pace when most of your hits are singles. The kid doesn’t have a good work ethic as he continues to look chubby. Some people aren’t made to be the guy aka LeBron James, and maybe castro is just a average ball player

    • hansman1982

      “it gives the Mariners a shortstop for years to come”

      So what happens when Baez’s K and BB rates go from terrible to precluding him from having success in the bigs? Then we will need a SS for years to come.

      • Cubsfanforever

        And you think that why? D oyou really know that.. NOPE

        • TWC

          “Seems like a few of you are just waiting to pounce on someones posts sometimes.”

          • DarthHater

            HA! I’ve been waiting for you to show up! [sproing!]

        • hansman1982

          Awww, man, you got me. Dang, I thought noone would notice me pulling stuff out of thin air…

    • Rebuilding

      The Mariners already have their starting SS of the future sitting in AAA – Brad Miller

    • Rich H

      Couple problems with your assessment.

      1. Why would you trade Castro now? Baez is 2 years away AT LEAST. Castro has never had a lower value.

      2. Castro was not available in a trade for Justin Upton this offseason but it took Walker and 5 guys to get Arizona to move the needle on a trade. That should tell you right there what front offices think of Castro. So trading him for a “could be” is premature at best.

  • OCCubFan

    Fifty years ago, Ernie Banks went into a terrible nose dive. His average was way down and so was his power. Finally, he was diagnosed with “a subclinical case of the mumps.” I gathered that this meant that he had no apparent symptoms, but a low-grade infection that sapped his strength. His drop in production in 1963 was startling compared to both before and after.

    I suggest the possibility that Starlin Castro might have a physical problem that is not readily apparent.

  • Rebuilding

    Brett or someone – could you please explain to me why this Garza issue is an issue. I must have missed a quote in the bullets or something. Did Garza say he only wants to throw to Navarro? Or is this speculation based on something Sveum said? He’s had a couple of good games with Navarro behind the plate – it could be anything

    Since breaking in in 2007 Garza has been incredibly consistent pitching to: Joe Mauer, Shawn Riggins, Michael Hernandez, John Jaso, Kelly Shoppach, Geovany Soto, Koyie Hill, Steve Clevenger and…Dioneer Navarro.

  • morgan

    Well there would be more players involved, but its something you have to consider, castro isn’t even a top 5 ss in the national league right now. The only thing he has going for him is his durability. You guys don’t want him out now, but when the Cubs start to compete and hes making errors that cost the Cubs games, I know how Cubs fans are and about 80% will want him out of town

  • bryan

    “and it’s turning every discussion about Castro into a negative vomit-fest that nobody wants to read. Speaking of which, maybe we could avoid doing that in the comments to this post”

    I wish this was put on every post. I hate reading the castro hate. I almost wish barney would struggle so everyone could bitch about him… or Soriano because well… we’ve all been complainin about him for the last 3 years lol. Thanks big stupid contract

  • morgan

    Well nobody expects barney to be here in the next few years that’s why nobody gives a shit what he does, the same with Soriano

  • Justin

    I get why your over the Castro hate Brett. It gets a bit much. But him being this trainwreck bad is really just weird. He’ always going to make lots of errors, walk very little, but the lack of hitting is mind boggling. I’m not trying to vomit about him, but more try to figure out how it came to this?

  • When the Music’s Over

    So now the Cubs front office and managers are into teaching their players life lessons, you know because Sveum and the rest of em’ know exactly how comfortable Castro had it growing up poor in a fishing village in the rural Dominican Republic.

  • baseballet

    There’s a difference between criticism and hate. I don’t think it makes sense to preempt criticism of one of the most important (if not the most important) topics of the season (although it does make sense to preempt hate speech). Even if we agree to not make comments about it, it’s still the elephant in Wrigley.

  • The Dude Abides

    “Navarro has caught each of Matt Garza’s last two (dominant) starts” – not sure if Navarro should get the credit or the Mets & the Astros the two teams he has pitched against (two of the three teams in baseball with a worse record than the Cubs).

    Hopefully they get back solid players in return or extend the guy’s contract he’s young enough and good enough. If they can keep Samardzija they would keep their starters their system is at least two years minimum from producing a major league starter and I really can’t think of who that would be.

  • Kyle

    “about Castro into a negative vomit-fest that nobody wants to read.”

    Really? I think it’s fascinating every time.

    • caryatid62

      Fascinating in a “I’m fascinated by the depths to which people’s intellectual capacities can sink” way?

  • Die hard

    Barney would play a smarter SS to makeup for less range and arm

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