Earlier this off-season Brian Cashman traded Adam Warren and Brenden Ryan to the Chicago Cubs for Starlin Castro. As we know Warren would later come back home after the Yankees traded Chapman to the Cubs.
Essentially the Yankees were given Castro for free by the Cubs. Cashman was able to fill a void that has been a problem since Robinson Cano left New York at second base, and he didn’t even have to essentially give up anything for him.
Last season, Yankee second baseman Stephen Drew batted .201 with 17 home runs and 44 runs batted in.
This season Castro has batted 64 points higher. Maintaining a .265 batting average with 20 home runs and 66 runs batted in. Also, consider Castro is younger and carries more upside potential than Drew did.
The move cost Cashman absolutely nothing, and with just under a month of baseball left Castro still has time to pad those numbers even more. Castro has been a welcomed addition to the Yankees this season and whether he fits into long term plans or not fans can be assured of one thing, and that is that he has provided the Yankees with a solid 2016 campaign.
Castro has given the Yankees a strong second half of the season this year batting .281 since the all star break with 10 home runs and 35 runs batted in. Castro has meshed together very well with the Yankees youth movement, and has proven to be a vital piece for the Yankees down the stretch.
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