Chicago Cubs analysis: A Starlin Castro trade shouldn’t be an inevitability

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October 20, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Starlin Castro (13) reacts after striking out in the second inning against the New York Mets in game four of the NLCS at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Many feel that a Starlin Castro trade will be inevitable. It seems the Chicago Cubs have wanted to trade him for years now. The question that needs to be asked, however, is should he be traded, or be kept as the asset he is for the team?

Chicago Cubs controversial infielder Starlin Castro gets mentioned in a lot of trade rumors. The 2016 offseason hasn’t been any different. Despite his obvious shortcomings, do the Cubs really want to trade Castro just for the sake of getting him off the roster and opening up the middle infield full-time to one of their talented younger players?

On Friday, New York Daily writer Mark Feinsand reported that the Chicago Cubs have discussed swapping infielder Starlin Castro for New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner. CBS Sports reporter Jon Heyman denied this report in a tweet on Friday afternoon.

670 The Score reporter Julie DiCaro reported at the beginning of November that the Chicago Cubs wanted to deal the 25-year-old, three-time All-Star selection this offseason.

After a rough first half of the 2015 season, Castro’s name appeared in a number of pre-trade deadline rumors. Obviously, none of these rumors materialized. 

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A Starlin Castro trade shouldn’t be a preconceived notion this offseason. Castro showed too much promise and perseverance at the end of the 2015 season to get flipped arbitrarily for a player that the Chicago Cubs really don’t need. Castro still has value and may remain an integral part to a potential 2016 championship team if he ends up staying with the Chicago Cubs.

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