Starlin Castro hasn’t even played a game for the Miami Marlins yet. But he knows that he wants the heck out of there. This offseason has been a busy one for the Marlins, but for all the wrong reasons. Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna are gone. Christian Yelich and J.T. Realmuto want out as well. And now you can add Castro’s name to that list.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 10, 2018
This is an extremely understandable position for Castro to take. After all, the Cubs would ship him out just as things were getting fun. Last season the Yankees missed out on making the World Series by just one game. Then they moved him to a Marlins team that has no interest in winning this season. Additionally, we have no idea when they will start winning. Most of their stars are gone. Their other stars no longer wish to be there.
There’s no indication that the Marlins will grant Castro’s request, however. After all, they are already playing hardball with Realmuto. It’s not going to be easy to play for Miami this season. And if nobody wants to be there, it’s going to be even less fun that we could’ve imagined.
Last season, Castro would slash .300/.338/.454 with 16 dingers in 112 games for the Yankees. He would make his first All-Star game since the 2014 season. He’s about to enter his ninth MLB campaign. But if he gets his way, it won’t be in Miami. But really, can you blame him?
The Marlins would finish 77-85 last season. On paper, they shouldn’t sniff 70 wins in 2018.