Chicago Cubs: Evaluating Starlin Castro’s career thus far

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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 12: Starlin Castro
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CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 13: Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series to win the NLDS 3-1 at Wrigley Field on October 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs defeat the St. Louis Cardinals with a score of 6 to 4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 13: Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League Division Series to win the NLDS 3-1 at Wrigley Field on October 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs defeat the St. Louis Cardinals with a score of 6 to 4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Starlin Castro was a cornerstone for the Chicago Cubs a few years ago. Now, he wants out of Miami. What could he bring to another team?

Starlin Castro was, in essence, the first step toward rebuilding for the Chicago Cubs. After spending the majority of four seasons in the Cubs’ minor league system, beginning in 2007, Castro made his Major League debut in 2010.

At 20 years old, Castro appeared in 125 games for the Cubs and slashed .300/.347/.408. In addition to that, he logged three home runs (including one in his first major league at-bat) and 41 RBI. After recording 139 hits and an OPS+ of 100 during his rookie season, Castro finished fifth in National League Rookie of the Year voting.

At that point, the hype was higher than ever. People immediately starting talking about how he would take Chicago to the Promised Land. Now, he’s making headlines as he seeks a trade from a rebuilding Marlins.

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