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Starlin Castro (SS)

Chicago Cubs

By Dale Redman, Cubs Correspondent, Wed, Dec 10th 11:53am EST

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a nightclub shooting in his native Dominican Republic. Castro's agent says it was just a case of wrong place at the wrong time for Castro. He was at a concert when someone opened fire at a car next to his and his family. (Source: CBS Chicago)

Fantasy Impact: Initial reports went as far to allege Castro and fellow MLB player Engel Beltre had been seen carrying a gun. It appears that there is no basis to these reports and Castro will not face any charges. Castro will be expected to be one of the leaders on the Cubs offense as the 24 year old is already entering his sixth season.

By Dale Redman, Cubs Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 11:05pm EST

Seemingly stocked with prospects at the middle infield positions the Cubs seemed destined to trade Starlin Castro. After various inquires, the Cubs have informed teams that the 24 year old shortstop is not available. After a down 2013, Castro had a bounce back season hitting .292 with 14 home runs and making his third all star team in July. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: With the Cubs aiming to make a big splash in free agency and hoping to possibly contend in 2015, it make sense for Castro to stay put. He has proven himself to be a consistent high average hitter with decent pop, a valuable commodity at the shortstop position but not easily replaced. His would be successor, prospect Addison Russell, most likely needs another season in the minors before making his major league debut. So for the time being Castro will continue to be a Cub and will be a safe and solid top 5 fantasy shortstop in 2015.