On Wednesday, Miami Marlins second baseman Starlin Castro, who was the one big name coming over in the Giancarlo Stanton trade, asked the team to trade him. He's at a point in his career where he doesn't want to be part of a rebuilding project like the one he was part of in Chicago, and he wants out. So, here are three of the most likely landing spot for Castro.
3. New York Mets
The New York Mets don't seem willing to do anything to improve their team, especially when it comes to spending money on the free agent market. However, Starlin Castro's contract ($22.7 million over next two years) isn't a back-breaker and shouldn't keep the Mets from being interested in acquiring Castro, who would be a needed upgrade at second base and to their lineup. New York doesn't have a good crop of prospects, but if they agree to take on the rest of his salary, the two parties could be able to swing a deal.
2. St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals are desperately looking for another bat this winter, and while Eric Hosmer or Josh Donaldson would be a huge upgrade, a more probable move would be to acquire Starlin Castro.
St. Louis has plenty of infield versatility and even though Kolten Wong or Jedd Gyorko hold down that position right now, Castro would be an upgrade over both and Wong, who could use more playing time to prove himself, could be part of the return heading to Miami. Castro might not be the big slugger they were looking for, but the guy can flat hit and would be a cheaper way to augment their offense.
1. New York Yankees
Why not bring him back, New York?
It would be kinda odd to re-acquire a player you just traded, but there is a need at second base and it's hard to imagine the Yankees going into the season with two rookies at second base (Gleyber Torres) and third base (Miguel Andujar). The 27-year-old Castro did miss some time last year with New York due to injury, but when he played he produced at an All-Star level, slashing .300/.338/.454 with 16 home runs and 63 RBI over 112 games.