MLB Rumors: Cardinals, Pirates, Marlins & Mets interested in Starlin Castro
Chicago Now’s Tom Loxas has been told that the Pittsburgh Pirates, Miami Marlins and New York Mets would be the potential suitors along with the St.Louis Cardinals to acquire shortstop Starlin Castro.
Told some Castro suitors would be Cards, Pirates, Marlins and Mets.
— TomLoxas (@TomLoxas) November 2, 2013
The news of teams reportedly being interested in Starlin Castro came out from Tom Loxas of Chicago Now. Tom stated that there were four teams interested in Castro and that the St. Louis Cardinals were one. The other three teams were not said in the article, but teams like the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates could also have interest in the 23-year-old short stop.
Starlin Castro was one of the best prospects in baseball when he entered the MLB in 2010. Castro was thought to have amazing hand-eye coordination and was able to spray line drives everywhere. For his debut and the following year, that stayed true. Starlin hit .300 in his 2010 playing time and had the most hits in the NL in 2011 with 207 while also hitting .307. While Starlin was having success his first two season he started to slide down hill with only hitting .283 in 2012 and hitting .245 in 2013. The way Starlin has plummeted down hill has teams wondering whether he is really a .300 hitting short stop or if the .245 average in 2013 is what he is going to be the remainder of his career.
The reports which have come out as of now state that the Cubs would be looking for multiple top 100 prospects. The reports have also stated within this package the Cubs would like to get at least two pitchers. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates would match up best with the Cubs as both teams have multiple pitching prospects that they could dangle in a deal for Castro. At this point thought it seems as if the St. Louis Cardinals have the most interest in Starlin, and would be most willing to deal it’s top pitching prospects for him.
The deal the Cardinals could throw the Cubs way could look something like; Carlos Martinez, Tyrell Jenkins, and Kolten Wong. While it is unlikely that Cardinals will throw multiple top 1oo prospects like Carlos Martinez and Kolten Wong out there it is a possibility. If the Cardinals are serious about attempting to acquire Starlin Castro I think it will help their World Series chances extremely as they haven’t had a short stop putting up offensive production for a few years now. At this point though it is just a rumor and they may not have a ton of interest in Castro, but don’t sleep on the idea of them not acquiring him.
While Starlin hasn’t had his 2011 form these past two years I wouldn’t doubt teams interest. Many scouts think Starin will bounce back and hit .300 or around .300 like he did in 2011. The scouts think that Starlin’s hand-eye coordination is way to impressive for him not to. Whether or not he gets traded it a toss-up. Teams are going to have to be sold on him and at this point that doesn’t seem likely.
Stay tuned here at MLB Nation for continuing coverage on a Starlin Castro deal going forward.