Yankees and Cubs have Discussed Trade Involving Brett Gardner, Starlin Castro


According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily Newsthe New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs have discussed a trade involving Yankees veteran Brett Gardner and Cubs infielder Starlin Castro.

The Yankees have been shopping Gardner for weeks now, and with the Cubs potentially losing Dexter Fowler to free agency, the 32-year old veteran might be the perfect fit for the young Cubbies.

Castro, who turns 26 in March, is coming off a disappointing 2015 season after slashing .265/.296/.375 with 11 home runs and 69 RBI in 2015. The three-time All-Star is owed $38 million over the next four years after signing a seven-year, $60 MM extension with the Cubs in August of 2012. Ironically, Brett Gardner is owed $38 million as well over the next three years after signing a four year extension with the Yankees in 2014.

The most interesting thing when it comes to Starlin Castro is that he was shifted from shortstop to second base in favor of Cubs rookie Addison Russell, so Castro can potentially slot in at second base if the Yankees favor him over the Dustin Ackley / Rob Refsnyder platoon.

While other pieces might need to be included in this potential swap, whether it be prospects or money, the parameters do make some sort of sense. The Yankees are looking to upgrade at second base while the Cubs have no immediate in-house replacement in center field should they lose Dexter Fowler.

It’s important to note that the Yankees and Indians have also engaged in trade discussion regarding Brett Gardner in a potential swap that might send Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar to the Bronx.

It looks like Brian Cashman and co. are weighing which makes more sense for the Yankees – Trading Gardner for controlled pitching or trading him for an upgrade at second base.

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