Chicago Cubs: Starlin Castro was pretty much traded to New York for nothing


In case you missed it, the Chicago Cubs traded All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro to the New York Yankees, ending his six-year run on the North Side of Chicago. And now that it has settled for a while, was it completely worth it?

If you were to ask me, I’d say absolutely not. But I’m just a fan who writes about this team.

The fact that they traded a 25-year-old infielder for a 28-year-old emergency starter/reliever and a second baseman that may not see much playing time in 2016 isn’t what anybody expected.

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When looking back at this deal, I can’t help but think about this past NFL offseason when the Chicago Bears traded wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets for a fifth-round draft pick.

Not only was Marshall a huge part of that offense led by Jay Cutler and Matt Forte, but he’s considered one of the best all-around receivers in the National Football League. And he was traded away for a fifth-rounder.

Now look at him. He became the first player in NFL history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a single season with four different teams. Keep in mind, that’s with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center.

Chicago went out and drafted Kevin White who later ended up having surgery which resulted in the rookie missing more than half the season. He just started getting back into the swing of things and isn’t expected to play right away.

Don’t get me wrong, I approve of both Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, but this was a bit of a head scratcher. Chicago already has Travis Wood and Clayton Richard — two former starting pitchers — working out of the bullpen and will be available to make a spot starts whenever Joe Maddon needs them.

When it comes to the infield, the Cubs have recently signed Ben ZobristJavier Baez, Tommy La Stella, and Arismendy Alcantara on board. Not to mention Chris Coghlan who made a handful of appearances at the position as well.

But what’s done is done and now we’ll look back on everything that Starlin Castro has done since making his debut against the Cincinnati Reds on May 7, 2010.