Starlin Castro's most recent gaffe has left some to question his standing on the team in the future. My own personal belief is that the Chicago Cubs should be open to trading the young star, but, unfortunately, that's not a belief shared by many others.
He's put together a solid season up to this point. He owns a line of .311/.325/.431 with four home runs and 32 RBI, production that exceeds that of most other shortstops in the game today.
The Cubs are reportedly fielding offers for both Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza in an effort to enter a complete rebuilding mode.
That complete rebuild can really only happen, though, if the team also tries to trade Castro.
By the time the Cubs are ready to compete in four or five years, Castro will be moving closer to free agency (2017), and it may be difficult for the Cubs to retain him.
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer could easily receive an enormous return for their young shortstop. These three packages would be sure to entice the Cubs' front office into making a deal.