After years of rumors, it appears Starlin Castro is on his way out of the North Side of Chicago. Shortly following reports that the Cubs signed former Royal and Ray, Ben Zobrist for four years and $56 million, Joel Sherman of the New York Post announced that Castro was on his way to the Yankees. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports later added that in return, the Yankees would send RHP Adam Warren and infielder Brendan Ryan. It does not appear that any money will be added to the deal.
Castro, 25, has been a fixture on the Cubs infield since 2010, but with the ascendancy of prospects such as Addison Russell and Javier Baez, along with the signing of Ben Zobrist, Castro was the odd man out. He has already made it to three All-Star games in his short career, but had a rough 2015 campaign that saw him lose his spot at shortstop, before returning weeks later as a second baseman. This switch helped Castro salvage his season and some trade value heading into the offseason.
Warren, 28, has experience as both a reliever and a starter, and should fit in as a spot starter/ long reliever on a Cubs team that could use some rotation depth, even after the signing of former Cardinal, John Lackey last week. Brendan Ryan appears to be something of a last-minute addition to save space on the 40-man roster.
More details to come.