The Miami Marlins love trading their veterans, and have plenty of them to move ahead of this month's trade deadline on July 31. In addition to guys like Sergio Ramos, Curtis Granderson, and Neil Walker, the Marlins are also rumored to be shopping 10-year vet Starlin Castro.
Castro isn't quite the hitter he once was, but he is mashing lefties to the tune of .348 batting average this season. With the ability to play both middle infield spots, he surely has some suitors across the league. Here are three possible destinations for the four-time All-Star.
3. Cleveland Indians
The Cleveland Indians are banging on the door in the AL Central, as they trail the division-leading Minnesota Twins by 5.5 games, who they play in their first post-break series. The Indians can definitely use help on offense, as they are averaging 4.5 runs per game, good for 20th in MLB. Castro would serve as a good platoon partner with lefty Jason Kipnis, who owns a .179/.204/.253 triple slash against southpaws on the season.
2. Boston Red Sox
Another team that can use an extra middle infielder is the Boston Red Sox, who have likely lost former AL MVP Dustin Pedroia for the entire season, if not his career. While rookie Michael Chavis has filled in admirably, playing multiple positions, he has a .197/.240/.479 batting line against lefties. Castro can easily assume all starts at second base when an opposing lefty is on the mound, while also backing up Xander Bogaerts at shortstop.
1. Chicago Cubs
Another possible destination for Castro is the team where he started his MLB career. The Chicago Cubs are in a tight division race, as even the last place Cincinnati Reds are only 4.5 games back. They know it will take everything possible to optimize their roster, and adding a lefty masher like Castro is a good place to start. Most importantly, the Cubs have a big opening at second base, as Ben Zobrist has been on the restricted list since early May. This has led to a revolving door at the position, with guys like Addison Russell, David Bote, Daniel Descalso, and Robel Garcia splitting time. Castro can easily carve a role on the Cubbies.
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