Cubs' Castro to begin season with Triple-A Iowa

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Cubs manager Lou Piniella told the Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan on Sunday that shortstop prospect Starlin Castro will kick off the 2010 season with the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Iowa. 

It’s the right move, no matter how you slice it.  Castro needs playing time more than anything right now and the Cubs’ infield, while not especially talented, is awfully crowded.  Castro, who is just 19 years of age, batted .299/.342/.392 with three homers, 49 RBI and 28 stolen bases last season in 469 at-bats between Single-A and Double-A.

“Starlin is going to start the season in Triple-A
and play. Now the only way Starlin would come into this equation, and
I’ve said this before, is if he shows he’s ready to play here and
there’s a problem physically with Theriot.”

Theriot has experienced no physical issues in camp and will start at shortstop for the foreseeable future.

Mets, Orioles have discussed a Matt Harvey trade

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.

Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.

There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?

All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.

If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.