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Starlin Castro hopes to stay with the Cubs

Aug 16, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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When the Cubs acquired top prospect shortstop Addison Russell from the Athletics in the Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel deal last month, many assumed that it likely signified the beginning of the end for Starlin Castro in Chicago. One potential destination is the Mets, who have a need for a shortstop and match up as a good trade partner for the Cubs since they have plenty of young pitching to offer. With the Cubs in Queens for a three-game series against the Mets this weekend, it’s only natural that Castro is being asked about the possibility, but he told Patrick Mooney of that he hopes to stay with the Cubs.

“Of course I want to stay here,” Castro said. “I want to be part of the team when we make the playoffs and we have a good team that can compete every year.”

Castro politely listened to the New York reporter asking if he’s willing to change positions if that means staying in Chicago. The shortstop’s on track to post a career-high in fielding percentage (.977), while his errors have declined steadily across the last four seasons, from 29 to 27 to 22 to 12 so far this year.

“I think I showed a lot of people that I can be good at my position,” Castro said. “Again, I don’t have the control (over that). But I think a lot of people see – and a lot of people know – that I can handle that position.”

After regressing last season, Castro has bounced back this year by batting .286/.335/.429 with 12 home runs and 63 RBI over 121 games. He doesn’t turn 25 until next March and still has five years remaining on the seven-year, $60 million extension he signed with the Cubs in August of 2012. His contract also includes a club option for 2020.

  1. baseballballer - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Ain’t gonna happen. …

    • erbaodai - Aug 16, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      Castro is one of the most overrated player in MLB. In 5 seasons he had a -0.5 WAA, he’s below average. Why not sell high on him right now?

  2. perryt200 - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    It will end up being the same old Cubs

  3. hoopmatch - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Russell may be a top prospect, but it is far from certain he will be a good major leaguer, as Castro has proven. I say keep Castro where he is and convert Russell to outfield or trade him.

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      Russell already converted to 3B

    • erbaodai - Aug 16, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      Maybe they should convert Castro to the outfield instead.

    • erbaodai - Aug 16, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      And I wouldn’t say Castro is a good major leaguer.

  4. rickrenteria - Aug 16, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Why would a reporter ask Castro if he is willing to switch positions? To which position would he switch? He’s playing a pretty darn good SS this season. Renteria, while not a great game manager, seems to be a terrific player’s manager and that seems to be what Castro needed. He’s still a whiny little child who throws his helmet and bat every time he strikes out, but you have to take the good with the bad.

  5. karlkolchak - Aug 16, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    I didn’t know Castro hates to wear jewelry, because he isn’t going to get any rings playing for the Cubs.

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      Not funny, interesting, or clever. Besides that it was a pretty good comment

  6. cubfan531 - Aug 16, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    It would really suck to see Castro moved. He’s been the bright spot during the team’s darkest years of the rebuild, he’s earned being on that team which will be immortalized in Cubs lore.

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