Nationals To Sign Former Cub Starlin Castro to Play Second Base (Update: Two-Years, $12M))

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Nationals To Sign Former Cub Starlin Castro to Play Second Base (Update: Two-Years, $12M))

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The Washington Nationals, fresh off a World Series victory, have had a pretty busy winter, including most recently, adding reliever Will Harris on a three-year, $24M deal. And while they may still have eyes for an impact third baseman, they have added to their infield via free agency just now.

With a familiar name, too:

Starlin! Buddy!

Castro, 29, hit just .270/.300/.436 (91 wRC+) last season, but was an above-average offensive contributor in each of the seasons before that. His defense (at second base) has also been trending in the right direction according to some defensive metrics, so that’s something, too. He was always one of my favorite Cubs back in the day, and I’m happy to see him continue his career in a higher-profile, more competitive, and all-around better situation than Miami.

Speaking of which, as Rosenthal points out, Castro is expected to take over second base for the Nationals, which decidedly does NOT take them out of the running for a free agent like Josh Donaldson (or a trade candidate like Kris Bryant). What this does do, however, is potentially make 22-year-old second base prospect Carter Kieboom ever-so-slightly more available in a trade. Castro certainly does not “block” Kieboom, but it would make parting with him in a deal more acceptable.

And in case I’m not spelling this out enough, Kieboom’s name has been mentioned in third base trade rumors in the past (though we’ve always found Victor Robles a more suitable return for someone like Kris Bryant … for obvious reasons). Kieboom, for what it’s worth, is the Nationals top prospect and the 20th overall prospect in MLB (according to MLB Pipeline).

UPDATE: Nothing huge, but it’s a healthy two-year deal for Castro ….

UPDATE 2: Just a fun fact.

UPDATE 3: Just a little more confirmation that the Nationals are not out on Donaldson:



Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami is the butler to a wealthy werewolf off the coast of Wales and a writer at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter at @Michael_Cerami