Cubs: Castro not going anywhere
Though a few teams have apparently inquired about Starlin Castro, the Cubs reportedly told those clubs that the shortstop is not available via trade this offseason, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.
Heyman reports that the Yankees (before acquiring Didi Gregorius on Friday) and the Mets were each among the teams that contacted Chicago about a potential deal involving Castro. There had been some rumblings that the Cubs could consider trading Castro, considering their organizational depth at the position with prospects Addison Russell and Javier Baez both in the fold.
Yet with the Cubs hoping to contend in 2015 and Russell not quite ready to make significant contributions at the Major League level, it appears the Cubs are intent on hanging on to Castro for at least one more year.
Castro posted a .292/.339/.438 batting line this past season to go along with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs, all while making his third All-Star appearance in the last four years.
— Paul Casella