If so, they should reconsider. Castro may be a frustrating player for Chicago’s coaching staff — he is prone to mental lapses like the one noted above and needs to, in Sveum’s words, “get his head in the game” — but he’s also just a couple of months past his 22nd birthday and a career .304/.338/.425 hitter in 1,485 career major league plate
– June 17, 2012
We’re in a position where any opportunity to get better, any opportunity to improve our future is something that we have to take seriously, even if it means making difficult decisions about the product that we’re putting on the field right now.” That’s what Cubs president Theo Epstein told the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer on Tuesday. Just one week earlier, Cubs manager Dale Sveum called a play on which Starlin Castro failed to turn an inning-ending double play because he forgot how many outs there were, “the last straw,” for his All-Star shortstop. Connect the dots between those two comments and one begins to wonder if the Cubs are looking to cash in Castro, who is their most valuable commodity but also arguably the best player in their entire organization.