Starlin Castro, 2B
The good news for the Tigers: They get out from under Victor Martinez’s contract after this year.
The bad news for the Tigers: They’re still rebuilding for the future and have Miguel Cabrera’s contract until 2025.
So, the Tigers need to look to acquire as many prospects as they can. They need players to fuel their rebuild as they work their way back into contention. So how does Starlin Castro and two more years of his contract make sense for the Tigers. They would owe him 11 million next year and 16 the year after that.
Starlin Castro makes sense for the Tigers because the Marlins want to unload his contract. The Marlins also have a very deep farm system after this offseason’s fire sale. By taking on Starlin Castro’s contract, the Tigers may be able to incite the Marlins to send them some prospects as compensation.
Any prospects that the Marlins would be willing to surrender would be welcomed by the Tigers. In the mean time, the Tigers would get a solid second baseman. 26 year old Dixon Machado is not the answer. So far this year year, he has 1 home run, and a .216 batting average. That puts him at 28th and 30th respectively in those two categories, while Castro is 18th and 11th. Adding him keeps the Tigers in position to be able to capitalize if things start to go right.
The Tigers should look to take on Starlin Castro’s contract in order to improve their farm system.