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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.

Indians sign Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal

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The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The pact is pending a physical.

Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this past offseason after putting up a season of .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.

Cabrera will report to Columbus once he passes his physical and, according to Paul Hoynes, there are no guarantees being made to him that he’ll get playing time. That said, the Indians aren’t getting much outfield production from anyone besides Michael Brantley, and Cabrera’s status as a switch hitter would give Terry Francona some flexibility, so it would not be shocking to see him on the big club after some reps in the minors.