With the Cubs beginning to call up their great prospects, most of whom are middle infielders, trade rumors are bound to swirl around current shortstop Starlin Castro.
It makes sense to speculate about the Cubs trading Castro for pitching and giving his shortstop job to one of these other young studs, but don’t tell that to Castro who says he has no desire to leave Chicago (via NY Daily News).
“I know myself. I know I can be a good player and I know a lot of teams can want me. But I’m here and I don’t want to leave here. I feel comfortable here and I want to be a part of this team when we compete, when we win playoffs and stuff like that.”
The Cubs are seemingly still a long way from competing, despite the infusion of Javy Baez and Arismendy Alcantara, but Castro doesn’t seem to mind. He’s willing to wait it out because he knows that eventually the Theo Epstein plan will bear fruit.
Of course, the Theo Epstein plan might have a better chance of bearing fruit if the Cubs are able to move Castro for an arm, but Castro’s not thinking about that particular Catch-22. He just knows that he’s happy to be a Chicago Cub.
You hear that everyone? Someone is happy to be a Chicago Cub. There’s a good Cubs player who actually wants to stay.
Things really are turning around in Cubbieland.