There are whispers the St. Louis Cardinals are calling the Cubs regarding Starlin Castro.
This is a pretty big way to kick off the offseason rumor mill. You got to hand it to John Mozeliak and company. They don’t sit around and lick their wounds. Not even 24 hours after dropping the World Series in 6 games to Boston, they are apparently already working the phones.
Normally, I would give this one some pause. However, there have been some rumbles for a while that the Cubs could move Castro. Then you have the Cards, who have been notably seeking an upgrade at the position.
Then there was the rumor reiterated just the other day about how close Jake Peavy and Alexi Ramirez were to being swapped for a package headlined by names like Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) October 29, 2013
What I’ve heard is the Cubs would want a package to center around Martinez, Shelby Miller or Tyrell Jenkins and possibly a shortstop. Supposedly the Cards didn’t exactly hang up the phone, I'm told.
When I tweeted out the info you could just feel the tension in Cubdom. There is a natural anxiety when dealing with the rival Cardinals. They usually get these things right it seems. Then you have the Lou Brock thing. Yeah, I get that feeling.
You just know Castro becomes a perennial All-Star there. Not to mention the boon he would receive being under Yadi Molina and Carlos Beltran’s wings. However, the Cubs front office won't and can’t concern themselves with that.
At the end of the day, the Cubs need arms. They need pitching prospects. There aren’t many organizations out there that aren’t envious of the hitting talent within the system. Yet, you can say just the opposite about the lack of impact arms. There just isn’t much there according to rival scouts. Castro is one of the chips the Cubs could deal to remedy that.
With Javy Baez maybe not too far off, this deal could make sense for both clubs. Martinez is an impressive young arm.
At least this takes our minds off the painstaking managerial search.
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