Report: Castro could be trump card in Stanton bidding

Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is drawing interest in a lot of places, as any 23-year-old with 37 home runs should. The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday that the Cubs are in on those talks. The Boston Globe mentioned the Cubbies as well as the Red Sox, Orioles, Phillies and Yankees.

If the Marlins do ship Stanton out as they rebuild, the Cubs could be a fit because they have a rare commodity in shortstop Starlin Castro, the Tribune reported.

But there are reasons that could make such any deal for Stanton unlikely: the Marlins probably don’t want to take on Castro’s $60 million, they already have a shortstop in Adeiny Hechavarria and they may well intend to keep Stanton after unloading most of their other top talent.

Castro, who’s owed $60 million through 2019 and has a $16 million club option for 2020, does not have no-trade protection. There are few other young, established players with club-friendly contracts out there that other teams could dangle.

Chicago has Junior Lake, and in a couple seasons, Javier Baez to step in at short were Castro to be dealt.

— Evan Drellich

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