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Starlin Castro (2B,SS)

New York Yankees

Bats: R, Throws: R

Starlin Castro has been traded to the New York Yankees, apparently taking over 2B for the Yankees over the next three seasons at a minimum. Castro has $38 million left on his contract and would be an offensive upgrade for the Yankees at second base. Adam Warren and a player to be named later are headed to Chicago. (Source: Joel Sherman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Starlin Castro is a three-time All Star, six-year veteran who will just be 26 this year and would be a top-10 2B in the American League at Yankees Stadium. Warren was 7-7 with a 3.29 ERA in 17 games, five starts, so the Yankees got the 2B for a relatively low rate. Castro had lost range and needed to move off of SS, and was thought to have had to move to the outfield in Chicago, but still had a 89 OPS+ over the past three seasons, had 150 or more hits for five consecutive seasons, and had 207 hits at 21 years old. Even if this is a buy-low opportunity for the Yankees, they did not make to give up a lot for Castro and his permanent move to 2B will keep him valuable for fantasy owners.


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The Cubs got hits from eight different players in a 9-5 win over the Brewers on Monday. Starlin Castro contributed nicely, going 2-for-2 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored. He raised his batting average to .264 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Castro's overall numbers are down from his career averages, but he's batting .444 this month with four home runs and 15 RBI. Castro's getting hot at the right time and could be a good fantasy option over the final weeks of the season.


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The Chicago Cubs scored six in the first two innings and held on for an 8-5 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday. Starlin Castro provided a big blow with a three-run home run in the second inning. The homer was Castro's 7th of the season and he's now batting .252.

Fantasy Impact: Castro's overall numbers aren't impressive, with an on-base percentage of .283 and OPS of .620, but has been hot lately. He's 6-for-13 this month and could be a decent option at shortstop down the stretch.


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The Cubs managed just four hits on Saturday, yet defeated the Diamondbacks by the score of 2-0. Starlin Castro got half of the Cubs' hits, in three at-bats and is now batting .248 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Castro has had a poor season offensively, with an on-base percentage of .278 and OPS of .603. Castro has been swinging the bat well lately, going 6-for-14 this month with two doubles. There are better fantasy options out there, but Castro could have some value to teams in NL only leagues.


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The Cubs fell to the Giants on Thursday by the score of 9-1. Starlin Castro got one of only three hits for the Cubs and knocked in the lone run in the second inning. Castro finished 1-for-4 and is batting .242 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Castro is having a poor offensive season with a batting average, on-base percentage and OPS well below his career averages. Owners should stay away from Castro and look elsewhere if needing help at shortstop down the stretch.


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Starlin Castro went 1-for-3 during the Cubs 2-1 win over the Indians Monday. It was Castro's first start since Aug. 19.

Fantasy Impact: Castro has been benched due to his ineffectiveness at the plate. He's seen consistent pinch-hit opportunities off the bench, and he could see more time in the infield with Addison Russel dealing with a groin injury.


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Cubs' manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday that Starlin Castro will start to see some action at second base.

Fantasy Impact: Starlin Castro has been working out at second base and the team feels that he can be a nice addition to the lineup when a left-handed pitcher is on the mount. Chris Coghlan will continue to play when there are right-handed pitchers. Addison Russell is officially the Cubs' new starting shortstop, which is very exciting news for the organization and Cubs offense.


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Starlin Castro is not in the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday for the second straight day.

Fantasy Impact: Joe Maddon indicated that Castro's shift to the bench was not just a day off, it's an effort to get Kyle Schwarber's bat in the lineup on a daily basis. Addison Russell has been a much better fielder as well and already shown a great glove in his small amount of time at shortstop. Chris Coghlan has had a hot bat recently too and will take over second base against right handed pitchers. It'll be interesting to see how Maddon inserts Castro's bat into the lineup, but there is no way he is keeping Schwarber on the bench with the way he has been hitting recently.


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Starlin Castro went 2-for-5 with two RBI doubles in the Cubs 5-0 win against the Pirates on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Castro opened up the game to a 3-0 lead with a double in the third inning and later scoring himself. He also smashed another RBI double in the fifth inning. With a terrible batting line of .238/.272/.307, the Cubs are hoping the big game from Castro on Tuesday can get him going on a hot streak. He is in major jeopardy of losing playing time when Miguel Montero comes back to the lineup later this week and the Cubs begin to find ways to keep Kyle Schwarber's bat in the lineup.


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The Cubs improved to 58-47 on the season with a 5-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Starlin Castro played a key role, going 2-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored. Castro increased his average to .238 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Castro's overall numbers are down significantly from his career averages. His on-base percentage is a woeful .272 and his OPS is only .579. Castro has little overall fantasy value the way he's performed.


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The Cubs blew a 7-4 lead in the ninth, but scored two of their own in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Rockies, 9-8. Starlin Castro contributed for the Cubs, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. He's now batting .236 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Castro's on-base percentage of .270 and OPS of .574 are well off his career averages of .319 and .717, respectively. He's not a good fantasy option at shortstop, except in NL only leagues.


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Starlin Castro is not in the Cubs' lineup for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: The Cubs played a 13 inning game last night, so it is likely that a lot of the Cubs regulars will see rest at some point today. Addison Russell is at shortstop, with Jonathan Herrera playing second base in the early game. Castro will most likely be on the field for the night game.


The Chicago Cubs scored two in the 12th to break a scoreless tie to defeat the New York Mets, 2-0. Starlin Castro played a key role, going 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. He's now batting .261 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Castro's numbers are down from his career averages, with an OPS of just .636. He's on pace for a respectable 11 home runs and 77 RBI. Fantasy owners in need of shortstop help may want to consider Castro, at least on a short term basis.


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Starlin Castro went 2-for-5 in 10 innings against the twins. Both of his hits were singles, the second of which drove in two runs that would win the game.

Fantasy Impact: Castro has been largely mediocre for most of this season. He has been hitting in the .260 to .270 range for about a month while his OBP hovers around the .300 mark. There are often large gaps between his RBI despite hitting in the middle of the order, so it is hard to recommend Castro in daily games unless stacking other Cubs against weak pitching.


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Starlin Castro was able to come up with more late game heroics for the Cubs, this time in extra innings. Castro went 3-for-5 from the plate with three singles and one RBI (the game winner).

Fantasy Impact: While he has been coming up big for his team over the last two days, he has been rather average since the middle of May. His average is sitting at .268 and his OBP has squeaked just north of .300 thanks to his three hit performance. It is not really worth going after Castro in daily games unless the Cubs have an easy matchup, but he still provides some value in league play.


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Starlin Castro only managed to go 1-for-5 from the plate, but his one hit was a left field bomb that was good for two runs and tied the game.

Fantasy Impact: Castro's batting average has been hovering in the .260 to .270 range for about the last two weeks. He does not take many walks and his OBP sits at only .294. His fantasy value depends entirely upon his hitting and it has not been that great lately, so it is tough to recommend him outside of league play.


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Castro went 1-for-3 Wednesday, adding one run, after recording his first triple of the season. Starlin has nine hits over the last ten games, and has really turned things around at the dish lately.

Fantasy Impact: What once looked like a murky situation has changed into decent production over the last couple of weeks. Castro has increased his OBP to over .300, and looks to be primed for play in any 12 team, or larger format


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Castro recorded his fourth round-tripper of the season on Monday, helping the Cubbie's overcome the Marlins 5-1. Starlin has 25 RBI's on the season, which puts him fourth amongst all shortstops.

Fantasy Impact: Considering the last home-run Castro hit came in early May, we wouldn't suggest a power-surge on the horizon.Though, in all fairness, over the the last 10 games Starlin has 11 hits, which is a far-cry from the .221 batting average last month.


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Castro had been moved to fifth in the order, and that may be just what he needed to get the bat going. Starlin is sporting a batting average of .270, and an OBP below 300 (.298), obviously things need to change.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners are hoping this change in batting order will wake Castro out of his coma-like state, and finally become a source of valued production. Small sample size, though, so far, so good.


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The good news is that he did not strike out, the bad news is that Castro continues to be a hindrance in a very crucial position (four-hole) in the Cubs order. How long they'll continue to sink is up to the team, but changes look quite apparent.

Fantasy Impact: Castro's fantasy value continues to take further strides into useless, and one can only hope this situation changes immediately. Keep him on your bench because he can get hot, but it's certainly not looking good up to this point.


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Castro did manage to record one RBI in the first inning on a sacrifice fly, but only reached base once after that. His average continues to plummet, and now stands at .266.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners in larger formats may have a need to acquire Castro's services, but those playing in 12-team leagues or less can find multiple options on the wire who will provide much more appealing production.


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Castro went 0-4 Tuesday, with 3 strikeouts, continuing his downward spiral. With Chicago's surrounding bats making the most of their plate-appearances, a drop in batting order could be on the horizon.

Fantasy Impact: Things are starting to get worse before they are showing any signs of improvement for Castro, and it's looking like his services are becoming applicable to only the deepest of formats, or NL only leagues.


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The Cubbies completed a 4-game sweep over the Mets, though Castro was unable to reach base. Over the last 35 at-bats, Starlin has only accumulated 7 hits (1 hit per 7 at-bats).

Fantasy Impact: Castro is steadily declining, those who own him may want to try waiting for a hot-streak, and then look to see if another owner wants to acquire his services in a trade. Starlin is low-end 2b/ss, and utility play in 12 -team formats.


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Albeit, a very important situation where the only time Castro reached base, it resulted in a walk-off victory, it still was another all-around underwhelming performance.

Fantasy Impact: Castro's value seems to be getting worse before it is showing any strides of improvement. He remains one of the most coveted shortstops due to the name, but the tout is way above the production level. Even though he should be owned in all formats, there are many other options at SS providing more diverse numbers across the board..


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Castro was 2-for-5 at the dish Tuesday night against the Mets, with a double, 2 runs, and 1 RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Castro continues to deliver stout production in the RBI department (20), but doesn't provide much help in the remaining categories. Hopefully the HR'S, runs, and steals can improve, which would catapult Starlin to the top of SS crop.


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Castro was able to reach base twice today, once via a single, the other on a walk. Starlin also knocked in 1 run, bringing his total to 17 on the year.

Fantasy Impact: Starlin is sporting a .295/.319/.357 slash-line, but his real productivity lies within the high volume of RBI's from the shortstop position. He remains a staple in any format.


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Castro went 1-for-5 at the dish last night, though managed to drive in two runs to bring his total to 15 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Castro has hit safely in 6 contests over the past 9, including 2 games where he accumulated 2 hits or more. Fantasy owners who drafted Starlin for pop should remain patient, the fair-weather is approaching.


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Starlin Castro went 3-for-5 with an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in the Cubs' win over the Pirates on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: The Cubs continue to pile on the hits lately and Castro has been a big reason why. Right when pitchers think they have a nice break after the core of the Cubs' lineup, they have Castro to face in the back end of the lineup and he has been taking advantage of not being the player on the team with the highest expectations this year. It was Castro's seventh multi-hit game of the month. He has a batting line of .342/.366/.430 line with 12 RBI and should continue to dominate as long as he can stay healthy.


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Starlin Castro went 3-for-5 with a home run and 4 RBI in Tuesday's win against the Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: Castro has a .352/.375/.481 slash line with two home runs and 10 RBI on the season. He has made news for his great defense, but his bat has been great this season as well. It seems like there is less pressure on Castro this year with better players around him and he has reacted well to the roster changes. If Castro can keep this up, expect him to have his best season as a major league ball player and be one of the best shortstops in the league.


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Starlin Castro had a walk-off RBI single against closer Craig Kimbrel in a win over the Padres on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Castro drove a pitch into left field to win it for Chicago after Kimbrel had loaded the bases with one out in the 11th. Castro finished the day 3-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored. He has gotten off to a hot start this season with a .317 average, but fantasy owners are still hoping to see more power as he has only two extra-base hits through the team's first 10 games.


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An ESPN Deportes reporter has reported the Starling Castro has been brought in for questioning by police Saturday. Castro is being investigated for his involvement in a nightclub shooting. (Source: Enrique Rojas on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: To be clear, there have been many conflicting reports over the past couple of months concerning Castro and a shooting incident in the Dominican Republic. It is not clear if this is a new incident or the same shooting that took place in November. We will need to wait and see how much validity these reports have, before assessing the impact on Castro's fantasy value.


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.


Starlin Castro not on the block

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

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.