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Castro is likely here to stay, at least for the near future. It’s not to say that if a perfect deal comes around they won’t consider it. But with all of these points–some in his favor and some against–he’s going to be a Cub for at least another year or two. I’ve seen him succeed at this level for most of his career. He’s not going to be a Hall of Famer or anything of the sort, but when Castro plays like he’s capable the Cubs are in a good place.
There are things I see him not doing–such as hitting the ball to the opposite field–which I think could quickly help him turn his game around. John Mallee is in his first season, but he came with a plethora of praise, as well as last year’s AL Batting Champ on his resume. So I believe in time he can work with Castro to straighten him out.
Whichever side you stand on with Castro, you might as well get used to standing there. He’s going to remain with the Cubs, just maybe not at the shortstop position.