Infielder Starlin Castro has only been with the Marlins for a month, making his way to the roster as part of the Giancarlo Stanton trade that has served as one of the many big moves early in Derek Jeter’s tenure as owner.
Apparently, he wants his time with the team to be short.
As was first reported by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and confirmed by the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, the 27-year-old Castro wants to be traded from the Marlins. Rosenthal reported, according to sources, that Castro does not want to be part of another rebuilding process, similar to the one that the Chicago Cubs underwent when he was with the team from 2010 to 2015.
Castro, a four-time All-Star, is coming off a 2017 season in which he posted a .300 batting average to go along with 133 hits, 18 doubles, 16 home runs and 63 RBI in 112 games. Baseball-Reference.com projects Castro will have a .272 batting average and .319 on-base percentage in 2018. He led the National League in hits during 2011 with 207, at 21, the youngest player ever to do so. He is due $21 million combined over the next two years with a $16 million team option in 2020.
Castro becomes the third veteran on the Marlins’ roster to express displeasure with the state of the team, which has seen veterans and top playmakers in Stanton, Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna traded during the past five weeks. Outfielder Christian Yelich and catcher J.T. Realmuto are the others.