The Super Bowl has come and gone, but pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training still isn’t in sight. MLB’s labor situation is all there is to discuss at the moment, and we’ll certainly chat about that tomorrow afternoon. Perhaps the MLBPA will have a response to the owners’ offer from the weekend. Until then, let’s rewind to a February from five years ago.
February 6, 2017: Yankees Made Starlin Castro Available In Trade Talks
The Yankees explored trades for several high-priced veterans on their roster this winter, with Joel Sherman of the New York Post reporting that Starlin Castro was among these names. The Yankees “let some clubs know [Castro] was available,” which comes short of actually shopping the second baseman but it does indicate at least an openness to the idea of a deal.
After a not so great Yankees debut in 2016 (.270/.300/.433, 93 wRC+), the Yankees apparently sought deals for the infielder in the offseason. Obviously, nothing came to fruition, and Castro had a nice rebound at the plate in ’17. He hit .300/.338/.454 (111 wRC+) as the team’s second baseman. That performance helped rebuild some of his lost trade value.
As we know now, the Yankees moved Castro in a package for Giancarlo Stanton following the 2017 season. If anything, this rumor foreshadowed Castro’s eventual departure from New York.