Report: Starlin Castro on Trade Block After Being Part of Giancarlo Stanton Deal

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2017

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 20:  Starlin Castro #14 of the New York Yankees reacts after striking out against Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros during the fifth inning in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 20, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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New Miami Marlins second baseman Starlin Castro was reportedly put on the trade block soon after he was acquired in Saturday's blockbuster deal that sent Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post first noted Castro's presence in the reported Stanton swap. Bob Nightengale of USA Today added it's "hard to believe" Castro will ever make an appearance for Miami.

The 27-year-old Dominican Republic native is coming off a strong 2017 season in which he hit .300/.338/.454 with 16 home runs across 112 games for the Yankees. Though he played second almost exclusively for the Yankees, Castro started 836 games at shortstop for the Chicago Cubs from 2010 to 2015.

His contract calls for salaries of $10.9 million in 2018, $11.9 million in 2019 and $16 million in 2020, which is a club option year, per Spotrac.

That's a concern for the Marlins, who are trying to significantly reduce payroll—an aim that was the main driver behind the Stanton deal.

In October, Barry Jackson and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reported the team set a $90 million payroll target for next year. Two of the players listed among the trade options, Stanton and second baseman Dee Gordon, who was traded to the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, have been moved.

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In theory, Castro's versatility in the field should increase the number of possible suitors, but he's accumulated negative defensive runs saved figures at both middle infield spots, according to FanGraphs.

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