Cubs aren’t making Starlin Castro available


Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Cubs are telling teams shortstop Starlin Castro is not available via trade. There had been some thought that they would at least broach the idea with teams such as the Mets and Yankees (prior to the Didi Gregorius trade), but their preference is to keep him for now.

Castro, 24, had a productive year at the plate for the Cubs, batting .292/.339/.438 and figures to be a key contributor as the club attempts to escape the cellar in the NL Central. The Cubs have finished in fifth place in five consecutive seasons, which was good for last place in the last two.

Castro inked a seven-year, $60 million extension with the Cubs in August 2012 and still has $44 million remaining through 2019.

Diamondbacks extend Torey Lovullo’s contract through 2024 season

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks extended manager Torey Lovullo’s contract through the 2024 season.

The deal is the third straight one-year extension for the longest-tenured manager in team history.

Lovullo is 446-483 in seven seasons, with one playoff appearance.

Lovullo led the Diamondbacks to the 2017 National League division series his first season and a winning record the next two. Arizona general manager Mike Hazen stuck with Lovullo after an injury-filled 110-loss season in 2021 and the Diamondbacks have enjoyed a resurgence this year.

The Diamondbacks enter against Atlanta 35-24, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the NL.