Starlin Castro was on his way to a career-best campaign, making the All-Star team with a .313 average, 12 homers, 45 RBI and 52 runs in the first half. However, hamstring issues not only forced to him to miss the Midsummer Classic, but also resulted in a pair of stints on the disabled list, costing Castro a total of just over seven weeks. Still, he finished with 16 homers, the second-highest total of his career, while batting .300 for the first time since his rookie season. With the Yankees, Castro's HR/FB doubled compared to his time with the Cubs, but a low 30 percent flyball rate caps his power to the low 20s. That said, a contact rate consistently hovering near 80 percent offers a solid batting average floor. Despite last season's injury woes, Castro is durable and should be the regular second baseman for the Marlins after coming over in the Giancarlo Stanton trade.
Castro went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. It's his first homer and first extra-base hit of the spring, but Castro has overall looked solid in his first camp with the Marlins. The 27-year-old won't get the offensive support he did with the Yankees, but hitting in the heart of a depleted Marlins' batting order should still provide him with a steady stream of RBI opportunities. He might be able to take a run at the career-high 78 he posted in 2012 with the Cubs -- assuming, of course, that Castro isn't the next veteran player to be sent packing by the front office.
The Yankees officially announced Monday that Castro, Jose Devers and Jorge Guzman were traded to the Marlins in exchange for Giancarlo Stanton and cash considerations. As expected, Stanton approved the deal and everything was finalized Monday morning after the players involved passed their physicals. Castro is expected to take over the second base job in Miami after Dee Gordon was traded to Seattle, though the Marlins have also flirted with the idea of flipping him for more prospects. The 27-year-old is coming off a solid 2017 campaign with the Yankees, during which he hit .300/.338/.454 with 16 homers in 112 games.
The Yankees and Marlins have agreed to a trade that would sent Giancarlo Stanton to New York for Castro and prospects, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Stanton must still approve the deal, Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports reports. Castro would take over the second base job in Miami after Dee Gordon was traded to Seattle. The deal isn't official as Stanton needs to approve it, the players need to pass physicals and it's still unclear which prospects will be included. However, it looks like Castro will be playing in the National League next season.
Castro went 1-for-4 with one RBI and a couple of strikeouts in Saturday's win over the Blue Jays. The run-scoring single proved to be the difference, as the Yankees went on to win 2-1. For much of the season, Castro was on pace to set new career bests in home runs and RBI, but he was ultimately slowed down after missing a month with a hamstring injury following the All-Star break. Still, with one game to go in the season, the second baseman carries a .301/.339/.455 slash line that would all rate as his highest totals since 2011.
Castro is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Royals. Castro will be sitting out for maintenance purposes with the Yankees playing their second consecutive day game. Ronald Torreyes checks in for Castro at the keystone and will bat ninth.
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