Yankees acquire Starlin Castro

After a season of having a combination of Dustin Ackley and an eight-year old with braces holding down second base, the New York Yankees have acquired Starlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for right-hander Adam Warren and Short Stop Brendan Ryan.
Castro, a three time all-star, was moved out of “The Windy City” due to the influx of middle infield prospects present in the organization. By no means was this an impetuous decision, the Cubs have the likes of Javier Baez, Addison Russell, Tommy La Stella, top prospect Gleyber Torres, who isn’t anywhere near MLB ready, and the recently acquired Ben Zobrist down the middle to fill the gap left by the aforementioned Castro.
Last season the depreciating asset that is Starlin Castro batted a sub-par .265 relative to his .292 average the preceding season where he was voted into the All-Star game. His On-Base percentage dropped from .339 to just under .300, he walked only 21 times, eight less then his previous minimum despite playing 26 more games, and had the second lowest offensive WAR of his career.
Castro spent some time on the other side of the second base bag last season due entirely to his prosaic defensive abilities. In six seasons Castro has had three positive defensive WAR’s, including last season when he had 0.4 in that category. Despite many insufficiencies last season, the Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic native still managed to rack up 69 RBI’s, the second highest total in his career.
Heading to Chicago are right-hander Adam Warren and defensive wizard Brendan Ryan. Warren has been resplendent both out of the bullpen and as a starter thus far in his MLB career, posting a career 3.39 ERA, including a 3.29 ERA last season in New York. Warren had a 2.7 WAR last season primarily out of the ‘pen, he also pitched a career-high 131.1 innings.
Ryan is widely regarded as one of the best purely defensive players in baseball with a career 14.5 career defensive WAR. Despite his unparalleled career stability, within the Cubs organization anyway, he had a negative dWAR for the first time in his career last season, coming in at -0.2.


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