Report: Starlin Castro wants trade out of Miami
In order to complete the deal, New York had to send veteran second baseman Starlin Castro to Miami, but according to recent reports, the 27-year-old four-time All-Star has voiced his desire to be traded away from the Marlins.
Castro hit .300 in 112 games a season ago, and owns a career slash line of .282/.320/.413 over eight career big league seasons with the Cubs (2010-15) and Yankees (2016-17).
With the Marlins' roster heading toward an era of bare-bones rebuilding, there's plenty of reason why Castro would prefer a move to a contender.
The season after he was traded from Chicago to the Bronx, the Cubs won their first World Series in over a century. In his last year with the Yankees, the team fell just shy of another AL pennant and appears to be on the verge of prolonged World Series contention.
Bad luck aside, Castro has become a well respected position player with an above-average bat in the middle of the infield, and should field some demand from around the league for his services and veteran leadership.
Of course, it'll be up to the Derek Jeter-led Marlins front office to finalize such a deal.
After shipping their highest-paid asset, Stanton, to the Bronx, the Marlins have upheld their mission to cut as much payroll as they can in order to right the financial ship in Miami, but there are still top-tier talents like Christian Yelich on the payroll who might end up in a new uniform before Opening Day.
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