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) falls as he strikes out in the second inning against the New York Mets in game four of the NLCS at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Castro’s age and salary also makes him valuable to the Cubs.

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  • Although he has been in the MLB for six years, Castro doesn’t turn 26 until next March. In 2012, the Chicago Cubs signed Castro to a seven-year contract valued at $60 million with a $16 million club option in 2020. When Castro signed this contract, he was coming off his second straight All-Star season.

    This deal was back loaded; Castro will make $7,857,142 in 2016, $9,857,142 in 2017, $10,857,142 in 2018 and $11,857,142 in 2019.

    It is highly likely that if the Cubs trade Castro one-for-one they would take on a contract that is larger than Castro’s current contract. This is problematic because it could hamper their ability to sign free agent pitching this winter. The Cubs need to make any trade involving Starlin Castro count, because potential consequences of a transaction transcend the mere exchange of talent between the players involved.

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