The Twitter wire blew up on Thursday night after numerous reports circulated out of the Chicago Cubs camp, including one by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale who reported the club has made everyone outside of Jeff Samardzija available for trade.
However, Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein added that star shortstop Starlin Castro isn’t expected to be going anywhere in the near future.
That statement totally contradicts Epstein’s comment earlier in the week where he said ”that anybody can be acquired if a team wants to approach the Cubs and offer a mind-boggling return package.”
Does it mean Castro may be traded? Who knows, maybe this also means that technically, even Samardzija can be had.
Nevertheless, Castro has been a force in the Cubbies line up, and has shown improvement defensively.
He is batting .317 and has 32 RBIs, tied for the lead among shortstops in all of baseball with the Red Sox’s Mike Aviles.
So why would Chicago deal him? Isn’t he the type of player they’re looking to build around?