The Journey Continues For a Former Cub (UPDATE)

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Part of the problem with doing a podcast during the winter hot stove (or any hot stove for that matter) is that two hours after it’s posted, the news is already outdated because the New York Yankees decide to do something to increase their home run production:

While we did suggest that the Yankees might be reluctant to acquire Giancarlo Stanton due to his huge contract, wherein the average annual value is used for luxury tax purposes, they were one of the teams that Stanton would reportedly accept a trade to.  The Yankees have been trying to get below the luxury tax threshold for years, and seemed to have a chance to do so this offseason before this trade (probably) is finalized.  There is a chance that they still could sneak below the luxury tax, though, since a medium-sized contract is going to Miami in return:

Starlin Castro did not end up being the savior of the Cubs like we all hoped when he made his debut in 2010 as a 20-year-old shortstop.  But he was usually solid, if frustrating, and ultimately played well enough to make three All-Star teams as a Cub and again last year as a representative of the Yankees.  He has to be one of the unluckiest players in recent memory, having been traded to the Yankees for Ben Zobrist the year before the Cubs finally won it all.  This, after signing a team-friendly extension and helping the Cubs get to the NLCS for the first time since 2003.

And this offseason?  After making the All-Star team for the Yankees, Castro’s remaining contract was shipped off to Miami just after they got within a win of the World Series.  Life just isn’t fair for Mr. Castro.  But perhaps there is some hope on the horizon, as we know the Marlins are broke and they want to keep moving money away from the team…

I highly doubt the Cubs will seek a reunion with their long-time infielder and momentary face of the franchise, but anything that can get Castro out of baseball purgatory is good.  It’s not like the Mets are devoid of problems of their own, but right now, I don’t see how anyone would ever want to play for Miami if they had a choice.  Here’s hoping Castro finds a better home, and actually gets a chance to go for a ring again.  He’s certainly not getting that in Miami.  But he deserves so much better than being part of a salary dump….again.

UPDATE: Starlin won’t be banished to Miami alone…

I’d still look for the Marlins to flip him to another team next week.

UPDATE 1/10/2018 11:00 AM: Looks like Starlin would prefer not to stay in Miami:

Good luck getting out of there soon…


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Rice Cube is the executive vice president of snark at World Series Dreaming. He loves all things Cubs, with notable exceptions (specifically, the part of Cubs fandom that pisses him off). Follow on Twitter at cubicsnarkonia

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