So the Yankees have been, according to reports, busy talking this offseason and a lot of trade possibilities have been popping up everywhere, but this latest one is a deal I'm not so sure about. According to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, "the Yankees and Cubs have discussed a swap involving Gardner and infielder Starlin Castro, who moved from shortstop to second base last season to make room for top prospect Addison Russell."
It's true that Castro could fill a need the Yankee have at their never-ending revolving door at the second base position, but, on the flip side, I'm not sure Castro is the answer. I think the Yankees need starting pitching more than they need a starting second baseman. They can always platoon guys like Dustin Ackley and Rob Refsnyder if they needed to.
More on Castro from MLB Trade Rumors:
Castro, 26 in March, lost his job as the Cubs’ starting shortstop this past season and eventually took over at second base after a stretch in which he was primarily a bench option. The former All-Star salvaged what was shaping up to be a second dreadful season three years by hitting .366/.390/.643 over his final 119 plate appearances — most of which came as a starter. While a .389 BABIP in that stretch served to artificially inflate his batting line, Castro did slug six homers in that stretch, so something very clearly did click for him at the plate. His bat was largely dormant in the postseason, though, as he hit just .176/.200/.294 (35 plate appearances).
Gardner as you all know, struggled in the second half this past season and it was revealed that he had been playing injured for much of the year. He's 32 years-old and is owed the same amount of money that Castro is on his deal ($38M) though it's broken down differently:
Castro is guaranteed that sum over the life of four full seasons, whereas Gardner is promised $38MM over the next three years. Both players have a club option on their deal — a $16MM club option for the 2020 season ($1MM buyout) in Castro’s case and a $12.5MM club option for the 2019 season ($2MM buyout) in Gardner’s case.
So what do you think of this rumor? Leave your comments below.
UPDATE 2:57 PM:
Re: Gardner-Castro, I'm now told the Yankees are not interested in such a deal, but could be interested in Castro at another price.
— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) November 20, 2015
I love hot stove season, don't you?