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The Mets plan to inquire about Starlin Castro

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Yankees’ second baseman Starlin Castro is presumed to be heading to the Marlins in a trade for Giancarlo Stanton this weekend, and once that deal is official, his stay in Miami may be a fairly brief one. Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets intend to inquire about Castro’s availability as part of their ongoing search for help at second base.

Castro, 27, saw a modest spike in his value during the 2017 season. He earned 1.9 fWAR in his second run with the Yankees, batting a hefty .300/.338/.454 with 16 home runs and a .153 ISO in 473 plate appearances. His progress was somewhat halted by a nagging left hamstring strain, however, and he missed just over seven weeks on the disabled list as a result. He’s under contract through 2019 with a $16 million club option and $1 million buyout for the 2020 season.

The Mets have left no stone unturned this offseason. To date, they’ve expressed interest in the Tigers’ Ian Kinsler and the Indians’ Jason Kipnis, and Marc Carig of Newsday adds that they may also target the Pirates’ Josh Harrison when the Winter Meetings kick off on Monday. Carig hears that the club would prefer other second base options over Castro, but expects talks to continue with interested parties over the next week. As Puma points out, this wouldn’t be the first time the Mets have targeted Castro, but they’re expected to keep Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom off the table during any negotiations.

Marcus Stroman: Blue Jays are “f– terrible”

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Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.

Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.

Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”

Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.