9.) Starlin Castro
Getting traded to the New York Yankees for swingman Adam Warren might seem like an insult to a former All-Star like Castro. If we’re being honest here, it kind of is. Castro was moved by the Chicago Cubs in a blatant salary dump. With Ben Zobrist signed, Castro was expendable, especially after a poor season in which he was benched in August.
Going to New York will give Starlin Castro a chance to thrive in a lineup where he is not expected to be the focal point. By the end of his tenure with the Cubs, that was not expected of Castro, but he was viewed as a disappointment and a bit of a bust. Many of his problems could have been avoided by being given more time to develop and mature in the minor leagues, but the Cubs were a bad team in need of some sort of energy when Castro debuted at the age of 20. Now, with the Yankees, the 25-year-old can blend in a little bit and begin reinventing himself as one of the better offensive second basemen in the league.