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Theo Epstein says Cubs aren’t considering trading Starlin Castro

May 31, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported earlier this afternoon that the Cubs are open to moving everyone outside of right-hander Jeff Samardzija. Yes, even 22-year-old shortstop Starlin Castro. Naturally there’s been quite a bit of conversation about the report, irrational and otherwise, but Cubs president Theo Epstein went out of his way to address the situation tonight.

According to Doug Padilla and Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, Epstein confirmed that the Cubs are not considering moving Castro.

“Starlin Castro is the type of player we’re looking to build around,” Epstein said Thursday. “There has been no trade consideration with him, whatsoever.”

Padilla and Levine also go back to a quote from earlier in the week where Epstein said that he doesn’t believe in any player being “untouchable,” but that there are certain core pieces that you “would have to be completely blown away” to move. If that doesn’t describe Castro, I’m not sure what does.

And so, while it’s fun to make up dream trade scenarios, it’s much more likely that Castro is part of the next winning team in Chicago than suiting up for another team later this summer.

  1. ja4ed - May 31, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Should today’s “scoop” join this gem in Nightengale’s stable of award winning reportage:

    8/13/11
    ‏@BNightengale Jim Hendry will stay on as #Cubs GM, barring Ricketts change of thinking

    8/19/11
    Ricketts announces that Hendry has been fired for a month

    H/T TT @ NSBB

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 31, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    “There has been no trade consideration with him, whatsoever.” = “He’s on the block but you’re gonna have to blow us out of the water if you want him.”

    • chill1184 - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      Pretty much agreed. So when are we going to hear about the genius of Theo Epstein again?

  3. pisano - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    The best deal the Cubs could make would be to cut Theo, as Boston finally got smart and did.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:43 AM

      Yeah, why would the Cubs want a guy who’s had experience ending a long WS drought?

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      He left and helped win us 2 rings so you may want to hold onto him for a bit

  4. knicksjetsyankees - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Theo will do a great job I’m a huge Yankees fan an I saw Wat he brought. Pedroia knevin youklies elsburry he knows Wat he’s doing

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      how drunk were you when you attempted to type this?

  5. exibitsman - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    I think this castro kid will be playing in the big apple for the mets after the allstar break

    • chill1184 - Jun 1, 2012 at 6:56 AM

      Sandy Alderson isn’t going to trade a high prospect for a win now player.

      • jeffbbf - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

        Sheesh. Doyle Alexander at 37 years old for John Smoltz was a high prospect for a win now player trade. Starlin Castro is 22 years old. 22! At age 21, he recorded 207 hits! yes, his fielding needs work, but at age 21, he put up similar, if not better, numbers than Jose Reyes at age 21 (except for SB). He should only get better from here. Not saying he’s the next Ty Cobb or anything, but he’s been pretty good for such a young player.

    • istillbelieveinblue - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      Any trade for Castro would take at least 2 nearly major league ready impact prospects (think Anthony Rizzo). I’m not sure any team has enough bullets in the minors, but the Mets sure as hell don’t.

  6. oms0004 - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:01 AM

    Theo, you sir, are a LIAR. (but a good one)

    • istillbelieveinblue - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:39 AM

      I don’t think he’s lying, he’s just playing the game! :)

  7. lardin - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Being blown away by a trade offer for Castro means:

    The Dodgers offer kershaw or Kemp
    The Giants offer Cain
    The Mariners offer Hernandez
    The Nationals offer Harper or Strasburg
    The Tigers offer Verlander

    These are blow away offers and NONE are going to happen

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