Starlin Castro was acquired by the New York Yankees this offseason to fill the hole at second base that hurt the team repeatedly during the 2015 season. The 25-year-old former All-Star, who has spent most of his career at shortstop for the Chicago Cubs, was moved to second base towards the end of the year, where he saw success during the Cubs’ NLCS run. General Manager Brian Cashman said Monday that Castro could see time at third base, depending on how other players perform in the upcoming season.
Chase Headley is the Yankees starting third baseman, and was so for the 2015 season. Castro is listed on the Yankees depth chart as the backup, but with this confirmation from Cashman, the possibility of seeing Castro at the hot corner seems more likely. Alex Rodriguez is the only other logical third baseman on the roster, but he has made the transition to a permanent DH. Having the option to have Castro play third base opens up more possibilities for skipper Joe Girardi.
Castro has never played third base during his six-year career, but this statement from Cashman indicates that he will be working on it during the offseason and during spring training. Girardi now has the option to use other second basemen, like Dustin Ackley or Rob Refsnyder, and move Castro around the infield depending on pitching matchups or if someone is playing well or poorly.
Ackley was acquired by the Yankees around the trade deadline during the 2015 campaign, but appeared in only 23 games due to injuries. Up until the Castro trade, Ackley was slated to be the Yankees second baseman. Refsnyder is one of the most promising prospects in the Yankees system. The 24-year-old infielder hit .302 during the 16 games he appeared in during 2015, his first taste at the major-league level.