3 Reasons the Chicago Cubs Should Trade Starlin Castro

I’ve been saying for weeks on Twitter that the Chicago Cubs, who will be one of only a handful of MLB teams selling over the next couple of months, should trade Starlin Castro, their young shortstop who has been labeled the franchise player for the time being.

But when I look at Castro, I see a great piece for a team rather than the guy that an organization should build around.

I’ve boiled it down to 3 main reasons why the Chicago Cubs should trade Castro:

3. Castro a Misfit in the Field & in the Lineup

Photo courtesy Rex Arbogast via Associated Press

Starlin Castro is currently the shortstop for the Cubs. This position is the de facto captain of the infield, and it needs to be manned by someone that will be very reliable in the field.

Castro and his .958 fielding percentage is anything but reliable.

If a team had that fielding percentage overall, it would be a nightmare. So for one of the captains of the defense, who should be reflective of the unit as a whole, to put up that number suggests his is a liability to his team.

Because of that, I see Castro moving to third base sooner rather than later, staying on his natural left side of the infield. And if you’re trying to build around a third baseman, that player needs to be a major offensive producer, most likely a power producer. Take a look at the Pirates building around Pedro Alvarez, the Nationals with Ryan Zimmerman, the Rays around Evan Longoria, and the Giants with Pablo Sandoval.

That doesn’t mean that Castro can’t be an extremely valuable player for a team at third base, it just means that it’s not wise to build around a corner infielder who isn’t going to hit more than 10-12 home runs (give or take) in a season.

There are franchise players and there are guys that are great pieces. Organizations that are building or rebuilding can do so around those pieces, but only if they have a bonafide franchise player or two by their side. Sure, Anthony Rizzo looks good, but talk to me when he’s done it in the big leagues.

And this leads us in to the next reason why Castro should be dealt.

2. Wasting the Years Away

The Cubs have had Castro looking impressive in their lineup for almost 2 1/2 years now, yet it’s essentially a forgone conclusion that they won’t be legitimate contenders until 2015. With 2 1/2 seasons left until then, 2015 will be Castro’s 6th big league season. While his age is not a concern, since he’ll only be 25 at the start of that season, I think the five years wasted should be a big concern.

Sure, Castro will still be good when the Cubs are in contention mode, but they could trade him now for a few impact prospects that would have more of their best years when it counts more. In other words, the Cubs could “cash in” for the next few of Castro’s expected impressive campaigns instead of having them go for not. If they get a couple guys who puts all of his good years toward a contender, it would make it worth the risk of trading a proven talent like Castro, especially considering the fact that he’s not a 3 or 4 hitter, as previously described.

Photo courtesy Associated Press

1. Sabermetrics

Sabermetrics is an approach to analyzing baseball players that revolves more around intensive and predictive statistical analysis than simply using scouts’ opinions, box score stats, and gut feelings.

Theo Epstein analyzed players this way in Boston, following the lead of the A’s Billy Beane and placing special emphasis on on-base percentage, and it brought Epstein’s Red Sox two World Series titles.

The fact of the matter is that Castro doesn’t fit well into this sabermetrics type thinking.

While you can count on Castro to rake in a lot of hits and compile an average around .300-.310, his on-base percentage will likely only ever be about .20-.30 points higher than that. He simply doesn’t take pitches, which can either lead to walks or increasing his chances of getting good pitches to hit.

Is it okay that a very good hitter doesn’t walk much? It can be for certain players talented enough to overcome it. But when Theo looks through the sabermetrics lens evaluating his team, he’ll likely view Castro and his .340 OBP as very replaceable.

A few infielders who could replace that OBP at a much cheaper price are Jed Lowrie, Marco Scutaro, and Omar Infante, just for reference.

So whether you as a Cubs fan would like it or not, Theo may see a trade of Starlin Castro as far too sensible to pass up.

About Zach Gropper

Zach Gropper is a sports broadcasting major at Indiana University in the beautiful town of Bloomington, IN. He is from Flossmoor, IL, a small Chicago suburb.
Zach was was the sports director for WHFH 88.5 FM Flossmoor his junior year of high school and Television Station Manager of Viking Television during his senior year.
He runs a White Sox blog at GrabSomeBench.com and also contributes and reports for AssemblyCall.com. Last summer, Zach interned for ESPN 1000 AM Chicago, working on programming for the Waddle and Silvy Show.
He is currently eager to get out into the professional world of sports media, wherever that may take him.


  1. John Smith says:

    When you look at Starlin Castro you see incredible upside, How many 21 year old players have led the National league in hits, you could probably count them on one hand. Statistically Castro compares with Derek Jeter. In Jeter’s first full year as a pro he hit .314 with 10 HR 78 RBI OBP of .370. In the Field Jeter had a .969 fielding percentage while committing 22 errors. Castro Meanwhile in his first full year as a pro hit .307 with 10 HR 66 RBI with a .341 OBP and lead the National League in hits. In the field, Castro had a .961 fielding percentage while committing 29 Errors and was a whole year younger than Jeter in his first full year as a pro. My point being is that Castro is still developing into his body and into more of a complete player. In terms of upside and projectively, Castro’s is through the roof with developing power and defense. Castro should develop into a 20 HR guy. With the Cubs in a complete rebuild mode you can shop Castro but unless a team gives you an overwhelming offer in terms of prospect and major league ready talent but Castro is a guy your going to want in your clubhouse when your ready to compete in 2015 and by that time he should be a Veteran voice on your team. Face it you need to have veteran leadership to make a deep pennant run. Castro is exactly the kind of guy you want to build your team around.

  2. Darrell Birkey says:

    Now are you ready to start the list of 100 reasons why the Cubs should not trade him? You are at an age where is better to watch, listen and learn. If you had more experience watching MLB would understand that good young players who are good athletes get even better. He is the cornerstone for rebuilding. You don’t trade the cornerstone.
    As for not competing until 2015, according to who? They will compete long before then.
    Watch and learn, then you may have something to say.

  3. Darrell Birkey says:

    And you’re a White Sox fan.

  4. cool_story_bro says:

    I think trading SC would be the most beneficial move for their organization. In other words, it would help them win for their fans sooner. So the fact I’m a Sox fan has nothing to do with this. I’m not saying all of the things I do in this article so I could LOL because the Cubs have 1 less good hitter, that’s idiotic. In my opinion, it is the best business move to make. Just my opinion. Thanks for sharing yours.

  5. you clearly have no idea what the fuck you are talking about. 

  6. I am continually looking online for ideas that can assist me. Thx!

  7. Thank you so much for writing this, I saved the page. I am furthermore seeking guidance on vshare market download, do you know where I could discover a thing such as this? I will return in a little while!

  8. I’m really enjoying the theme of your weblog. Do you ever face any kind of web browser compatibility situations? A number of the website readers have complained regarding my download vshare ios blog not operating appropriately in Internet Explorer but seems amazing in Safari. Are there any suggestions to aid repair that problem?

  9. Hi I’m so glad I found out this website, I really encountered you by error, while I was browsing on Yahoo for router page. Anyways I’m here now and would simply enjoy to say thanks a lot for a remarkable posting and the overall impressive blog (I furthermore like the theme/design), I don’t have the time to go through it completely at the minute however I have book-marked it and also added the RSS feed, so when I have sufficient time I’ll be back to browse much more. Please do continue the amazing work.

  10. There’s remarkable improvements on the design of this page, I honestly love it. Mine is about videoder downloader app and right now there are a lot of things to do, I am yet still a novice in website creation. Be careful!

  11. This is definitely a brilliant blog. I mean it. You may have a lot knowledge about this issue, and a whole lot appreciation. Additionally you learn how to make people simply behind it, undoubtedly on the responses. You have a structure here thats not way too flashy, though constitutes a huge statement as big as which you might be telling. Well done, definitely.

  12. With thanks for being the master on this site. I really liked your content quite a lot and most of all I loved reading how you will handled the concerns I thought to be marked by controversy. You are normally pretty kind to site visitors appreciate me and help me at my living. Many thanks.

  13. Did you get some of your thoughts from here (similar ideas): https://fullarticle.org/FBIdea

  14. Did you get some of your thoughts from here (similar ideas): https://fullarticle.org/FBIdea

  15. I was more than happy to seek out this net-site.I needed to thanks to your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to take a look at new stuff you weblog post.

  16. Enjoyed reading through this, very good stuff, thankyou .

  17. What’s Taking place i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I have discovered It absolutely helpful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to give a contribution & assist different users like its helped me. Good job.

  18. You are certainly correct and I agree with you. Whenever you want, we might as well speak around wealth generators review, one thing which intrigues me. Your site is definitely great, all the best!

  19. You are definitely right, I’d like to discover new information on this particular subject! I am as well interested by how to get more likes on instagram because I think it’s very unique these days. Keep it up!

  20. Greetings! I recently saw this website and I certainly enjoy it. I always like to discuss latest jailbreak occasionally. Good to be around, regards!

  21. Many thanks for sharing this, I bookmarked the page. I’m also interested in material about asthma treatment plan, have you any idea exactly where I could come across one thing such as this? I will return quickly!

  22. Dr.Punnet and her Teams are really a great cheater in Delhi for IVF, initially they say we will provide world best technology but after getting all money they all can’t do any thing and again repeat cycle or again take money for evry cycle same money, they all are playing with the emotions of allots of couples, God will never forgive you Dr. Puneet. this is very bad clinic, this is only earning money nothing else, avoid this doctor, try in AIIMS, GANGA RAM ANY OTHER Government hospitals are better, all private IVF centre are cheaters, maainly Dr. Puneet is great cheater in Delhi.

  23. There are fantastic upgrades on the design of this page, I really enjoy that. My site is regarding fruit diet and presently there are lots of stuff to be done, I am currently a newcomer in webpage design. Take care!

  24. I was speaking to a buddy of my own on this and about new home plans as well. I believe you made a number of good points here, we’re also looking forward to continue reading stuff from you.

  25. Are you tired of your ac repair in Dubai? Are you looking for Certified Professionals to carry out your ac repair with improved facilities and in an expert way?. Hot and humid conditions are not easy to tolerate, especially when you are not used to them. But, thanks to the air conditioners – living in such extreme settings can also become a pleasant experience, and more so if you are in Dubai.

  26. I was speaking with a friend of my own on this article and also about sofa dry cleaning at home as well. I think you made a lot of great points in this case, we are excited to find out more information from you.

  27. Howdy, what do you really feel about excel training online? Extremely interesting topic, huh?

  28. I felt wonderful to read this info and I think you are entirely correct. Let me know if perhaps you are thinking of mounting systems, that is my major expertise. I’m hoping to check back with you soon, take care!

  29. You’re completely right, I would really like to know more information on that subject! I’m also interested in Ethereum wallet online as I believe it is quite cool currently. Keep doing this!

  30. I constantly read your articles carefully. I’m likewise fascinated with food vendor ticket, maybe you could write about that occasionally. Take care.

  31. I am really interested to understand just what site system you’re utilizing? I’m having a few minor safety difficulties with my most recent website regarding uber parking ticket and I would like to find something far more risk-free. Have any recommendations?

Speak Your Mind