July 24, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (13) throws to first to record an out against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
As the Diamondbacks asked about multiple possible combinations in conversations about Matt Garza, Starlin Castro’s name did come up, naturally; Arizona needs a shortstop. But both sides quickly moved on, and a deal was never close.
While Castro’s name was mentioned, Olney notes that a "deal was never close."
Arizona has a need at shortstop, or at least will in the near future, as they’ve made it clear that Stephen Drew is available. The Diamondbacks retained Drew through the deadline, though they are not expected to exercise their end of his $10 million mutual option for the 2012 season.
You would think that a rebuilding team such as the Cubs would want to build a club around players such as Castro. He’s 22 years old, under team control through the 2016 season, a two-time All-Star, and he mans an important position. Still, there have been talks, though not necessarily coming from Chicago’s front office, of whether or not the team should trade Castro.
Should the Cubs consider trading Starlin Castro?