Cubs Trade Rumors: Chicago In Discussions With Padres About Starlin Castro

The Chicago Cubs have had discussions with the San Diego Padres about shortstop Starlin Castro, according to Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

San Diego is not a traditional buyer, but they make sense as a future-oriented acquirer at the position. Castro, who is just 25 years old, is in his sixth big league season and is owed $37 million over the next four seasons. That contract once looked like an asset, but in the midst of his second disappointing season in three years, it looks more like a risk.

Castro owns a .233/.268/.302 line over 399 plate appearances, which falls well below his league-average career output - and metrics suggest he’s slightly to firmly below average on defense.

In return, the Cubs have been focused on Tyson Ross, per a Rosenthal tweet, instead of the expensive James Shields. The 28-year-old is regarded as the Padres' most valuable asset because of three straight really good seasons, and has posted a 3.45 ERA so far this year.

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