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Yankees have made Starlin Castro available for trade

The Yankees are trying to part ways with another veteran.

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After the blockbuster signing of Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees had an offseason on the quiet side. But that could be in for a shake up in the next few days. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, New York has made Starlin Castro available for trade. The Yankees are hoping the second baseman can stir up more interest than the club’s previous attempts to shop Chase Headley and Brett Gardner.

Castro’s numbers for the Yankees were average in his first season with the club. He slashed .270/.300/.433 in 2016. His 21 home runs are greatly overshadowed by 118 strike outs in 610 plate appearances. His baserunning is below average, that is, when he gets on base. The 26-year old produced a 1.9 fWAR over the last two seasons, so it’s not terribly shocking that teams aren’t banging down doors in the Bronx to get to him.

The Yankees are team-heavy on middle-of-the-road veterans. Some, like Castro, they have a decent chance of shaking, if a team is willing to risk that much money on Castro improving. After spending his entire career in the National League with the Cubs, it looks like Castro’s adjustment period to American League pitching was short. Even though the Dominican Republic native is a veteran to the league, it’s important to understand that he’s still young, and could still improve.

New York is aiming to come in under the luxury tax threshold this year, a feat they very rarely accomplish. And after dishing out so much money for a closer, their wallet will be tight for the rest of the offseason into spring training.

Regardless of what transpires, Castro is still owed $30M through the 2019 season. In addition, he has a $16M club option for 2020 complete with a $1M team buyout. If New York can shake at least one veteran contract, then they can move forward in zeroing in on more middle relief bullpen help.