The Chicago Cubs made big waves last week when they dealt two starting pitchers, including ace Jeff Samardzija, to the Oakland A's in exchange for a package of prospects headlined by shortstop Addison Russell. This created a glut at shortstop for the Cubs, who have 24 year old All Star Starlin Castro at the major league level and slugging prospect Javier Baez manning the position at the Triple-A level. The deal created a surplus of shortstops in the Windy City, and that could play to the benefit of the New York Mets.
The Mets have been searching for a true long term answer at shortstop since Jose Reyes walked out the door in 2011, and an organizational source described Castro as a "perfect fit" for the Mets, John Harper of the New York Daily News reports. The Mets and Cubs talked about Castro last offseason, with the Cubs reportedly asking for Zack Wheeler in return The two teams will likely renew trade discussions in the offseason since Cubs' GM Theo Epstein is hesitant to address his shortstop problem until after the season is over. Castro is hitting .287 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI's for the Cubs this season, and is locked up to a long term deal that carries him through the 2020 season.
Even though Castro would cost a pretty penny in a trade, this is something the Mets should absolutely consider doing. Young shortstops with power don't grow on trees, and Castro would fill a massive hole for the Mets' lineup. Acquiring Castro would likely cost Noah Syndergaard at the minimum, but the Mets could also offer a prospect like Rafael Montero and give Chicago some catching help in the form of either Kevin Plawecki or Travis d'Arnaud. The Mets are getting to the point where they need a franchise changing player in a trade, and getting a young star shortstop like Castro could be that move. It could happen at the deadline, but more than likely Castro gets dealt in the winter.Tags: Baseball, Chicago Cubs, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Starlin Castro