More drama for Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins: newly acquired second basemen Starlin Castro doesn’t want to be part of the rebuilding Marlins team, as reported by The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 10, 2018
Castro was traded to Miami in a blockbuster deal that sent former franchise superstar and NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees in December.
Jeter, as part of the new ownership for Miami, has traded away some of the team’s best players to cut payroll. Along with Stanton, outfielders Marcell Ozuna (traded to St. Louis Cardinals) and Dee Gordon (dealt to the Seattle Mariners) are no longer part of the team. After being sent to Seattle, Gordon told the New York Post that, “It’s terrible. It’s almost — I’m not even going to say almost. It’s embarrassing. It’s embarrassing. I don’t want to bash anyone, but what’s happened is not good.”
The seemingly out-of-nowhere “get rid of everyone and rebuild” strategy by Jeter and his team have both the remaining Marlins players and fans anxious and upset, so you can’t really blame Castro for feeling this way as well.
Last season, Castro finished with a .300 batting average, 16 home runs, 63 RBIs, 18 doubles, and 133 hits in 112 games played. He also had .338 OBP, .454 slugging percentage, and .792 OPS. The 27-year old has played eight seasons in the MLB, six with the Chicago Cubs and two with the Yankees.
[via New York Post]