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Starlin Castro asks the Marlins to trade him

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Starlin Castro has requested a trade from the Marlins. The reasoning is not surprising: he doesn’t want to be on a rebuilding team like the Marlins, which is likely to continue to jettison what remaining veterans they have, such as Christian Yellich.

When he was traded from the Yankees to the Marlins in the Giancarlo Stanton deal many assumed Castro would himself be flipped. There has been little chatter on that front thus far, however.

Castro will make $10.875 million in 2018, $11.857 million in 2019 and has a $16 million club option for 2020. He hit .300/.338/.454 with 16 home runs in 2017, missing some time due to a nagging hamstring injury. He could help a lot of teams — the Mets were reportedly interested in him earlier this offseason — but at the moment there is no suggestion the Marlins are willing or able to deal him. His demands notwithstanding.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.