Chicago Cubs: Do they have enough to pull off a deal?
So, what would it take to pry Starlin Castro away from the Miami Marlins? My guess? Not much.
Miami won’t contend in 2019. Unloading salary and adding young, controllable talent will be their M.O. in the years to come. Chicago could take on all of his contract and allow the Marlins to be rid of that debt, while not giving up any of their top prospects such as Miguel Amaya or Adbert Alzolay.
If it were another team, or a better team, I might question whether a salary dump would be a good idea. However, it’s the Marlins. This is the same team who got rid of their entire outfield last offseason to shed payroll. And, in case you were wondering, Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, and Marcell Ozuna put up 14.5 WAR this season for their respective new teams this season.
Christian Yelich is on a team-friendly contract through 2021 (with a 2022 option) and the Marlins still traded the presumptive 2018 NL MVP to the Brewers. If you’re wondering whether or not Derek Jeter will dump Castro, a lesser player than all three of those guys, for salary relief; stop wondering. The Cubs could probably get Castro for the same sort of deal they got Cole Hamels; are you worried about Rollie Lacy and Eddie Butler becoming stars? I didn’t think so.