Sorry this post got pushed back a bit, but I had the pleasure of talking with one of the game’s most decorated scouts the other day.
We went over just about the entire Cubs roster. However, John and I thought the Starlin Castro stuff we compiled lately was worth its own space.
John was also able to talk to two of our sources including ESPN baseball guru Keith Law.
Here is what they said regarding the recent rumors and long- term future regarding the Cubs star.
My source says Castro is and should remain a shortstop. He firmly believes that a gifted hitter like Castro should continue playing the position just as long as he doesn’t continue making blatant mistakes. Although, he thinks the position requires a bit more concentration than Castro has sometimes devoted.
He then drew a comparison to a young Derek Jeter who committed 56 errors when he was coming up the Yankees pipeline and believes Castro can make all the routine plays coupled with an occasional spectacular one sprinkled in.
“He is only 23! (actually 22) He will be fine” he said.
As far as the issue of Castro’s availability, he says no chance. He was adamant the Cubs front office expressed that Castro and Jeff Samardzija were the only two players off the table for any potential deals.
As far as Starlin Castro goes he said it really made no sense to trade him and that he didn’t think it will happen. He says the Cubs never shopped him, and, even if they said they would listen, they would have to be completely overwhelmed to do such a deal. He compared it to the situation when the D'Backs were supposedly willing to deal Justin Upton a few years ago.
They never intended to trade him and nobody offered anything resembling fair value, but sometimes letting this info out publicly reminds a player that everyone must perform to expectations and nobody is untouchable.
“Absolutely insane and that's why they were never trying to trade him, bogus rumor.”
So there you have it, three trusted MLB sources that all belive Starlin Castro is staying put in Chicago. Furthermore, a top talent evaluator believes he will stay put at shortstop to boot.
I truly believe the Cubs could have leaked that bogus rumor to get Castro’s attention. It is much more likely that it was just a desperate attempt to create some column/Twitter buzz.
I will have more to post tomorrow on the rest of my discussion with a top scout.