• Starlin Castro Must Go

    Posted by on September 4th, 2016 · Comments (16)

    In the last 4 years, covering 2,391 Plate Appearances, Starlin Castro has an OPS+ of 90.

    An OPS+ of 100, would mean “a league average hitter.” Translated, that means for the last FOUR YEARS, Castro is 10% worse than a league average hitter.

    He is also the 2nd worst fielding 2B in the American League this year:

    Rk Player dWAR G Year Age Tm
    1 Jed Lowrie -0.7 87 2016 32 OAK
    2 Starlin Castro -0.5 132 2016 26 NYY
    3 Rougned Odor -0.4 127 2016 22 TEX
    4 Brett Lawrie -0.2 94 2016 26 CHW
    5 Gregorio Petit -0.1 72 2016 31 LAA
    6 Jonathan Schoop 0.1 135 2016 24 BAL
    7 Max Muncy 0.1 40 2016 25 OAK
    8 Johnny Giavotella 0.2 99 2016 28 LAA
    9 Tyler Ladendorf 0.2 45 2016 28 OAK
    10 Jose Altuve 0.3 134 2016 26 HOU
    11 Logan Forsythe 0.3 100 2016 29 TBR
    12 Ryan Goins 0.3 64 2016 28 TOR
    13 Devon Travis 0.5 76 2016 25 TOR
    14 Whit Merrifield 0.6 54 2016 27 KCR
    15 Brian Dozier 0.7 131 2016 29 MIN
    16 Cliff Pennington 0.7 52 2016 32 LAA
    17 Christian Colon 0.8 47 2016 27 KCR
    18 Jason Kipnis 0.8 131 2016 29 CLE
    19 Robinson Cano 1.3 134 2016 33 SEA
    20 Dustin Pedroia 1.6 129 2016 32 BOS
    21 Ian Kinsler 1.7 131 2016 34 DET
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 9/4/2016.

    Another brilliant trade by Cashman – taking on 4 years of his contract from the Cubs

    Comments on Starlin Castro Must Go

    1. September 4th, 2016 | 11:19 am

      This is why it’s hard to give Cash credit for anything. For every “didn’t trade Gary Sanchez” there’s at least two “Traded for Castro” and “Signed Ellsbury” moves. It’s two steps back and one step forward with him.

    2. redbug
      September 4th, 2016 | 12:29 pm

      On the other hand, Warren was traded for Castro. Then, Chapman was traded for Gleyber Torres and Warren. They turned out to be good trades for the Yanks. Basically, Torres for Chapman.

      I’m more concerned about Castro’s fielding than hitting. But, he’s fairly new to 2nd and may improve. He seems to make more mental than physical errors though.

    3. Evan3457
      September 4th, 2016 | 1:54 pm

      Yeah, uh, no, Steve.

      The Yanks had a hole at 2nd, and, it being fairly obvious the organization doesn’t think Refsnyder is a full-time 2nd baseman, basically no one available to fill it, and gave up basically nothing for Castro.

      He’s certainly miscast as a #4, #5 hitter, but it’s not his fault the Yanks have none such at the moment. He’ll be perfectly fine when they fill in the middle of the order as a #7, #8 guy that he is. He’ll drive everyone crazy by chasing bad pitches, but he’s the Soriano guy who’ll hit the HR off the ace who makes a mistake in the mid-late innings when nobody else can touch him, because he’s unafraid to swing in the big spot…to a fault, many times.

    4. shaked
      September 4th, 2016 | 2:05 pm

      Adam Warren and Brendan Ryan for Starlin Castro is no where near a “Signed Ellsbury” move. One looks like a buy low opportunity and the other looks like a “why-would-you-ever-do-that,-oh-right-look-at-the-upper-management” opportunity. 4 years, $40 million is an overpay for the performance so far, sure, but it’s not 7 years, $148 million!

      Anyway, *some* people were bashing the acquisition of Didi Gregorius last year as well and that one seemed to have turned out pretty decent for the Yankees. Even if he were league average or worse, the Yankees gave up Shane Greene! Shane Greene!

      So yeah, I’m not losing any sleep over the players the Yankees “lost” in these trades. Even if the product is less than advertised.

    5. Evan3457
      September 4th, 2016 | 2:30 pm

      P.S. At the $8 million he’s being paid for this season, he has only to produce 1 WAR to be worth the contract for 2016. And it looks like he’ll be above that by year’s end.

      By the last year of the contract, he’ll have to produce about 1.5 WAR, which he can do. And he’s hitting .288/.310/.497 since the break. The last time you complained about him, his OPS+ was in the low 80’s, IIRC.

    6. Evan3457
      September 4th, 2016 | 2:34 pm

      OK, I was wrong. It was Didi who was in the 80’s when you complained about the offense in general.

    7. KPOcala
      September 4th, 2016 | 5:22 pm

      @ shaked:
      Well said…..

    8. KPOcala
      September 4th, 2016 | 5:25 pm

      @ Evan3457:Evan, Castro could win the triple crown next year, and Cashman would still get bashed. As you know…… And you’re right, he IS the guy that I’d (right now) put the chips down if a HR was needed against “Ace”…..

    9. KPOcala
      September 4th, 2016 | 5:29 pm

      One of many reasons I HATE ESPN: Jim Bowden
      Bryce Harper’s free-agent value plummets with down year
      After Bryce Harper’s 2015 breakout created expectations of a record contract, his 2016 dropoff put him first among players whose value has dropped.

      Early in the season Harper was being touted as perhaps the best player in MLB, if not “ever”. Shameless with their teenage “marketing”…….

    10. Raf
      September 6th, 2016 | 10:38 pm

      Wow, what a crazy game. Welcome, Blake Parker, new closer 😛

    11. Greg H.
      September 7th, 2016 | 2:06 am

      No kidding – crazy game. Sweep anyone? Why not ?
      Playing with house money, as it were.

    12. oufan199
      September 7th, 2016 | 8:50 am

      @ Evan3457:
      Very deft comment. Never thought of things that way. Reminded me of Soriano’s fall-off-the-couch homer golfed off Schilling’s splitter in ’01 Series. Castro like that. A no-conscience swinger that will drive you crazy most of the time but will run into one when you least expect it.

    13. Evan3457
      September 7th, 2016 | 12:42 pm

      Greg H. wrote:

      No kidding – crazy game. Sweep anyone? Why not ?
      Playing with house money, as it were.

      I….don’t think so.
      But I’m more than willing to be wrong.

    14. Greg H.
      September 8th, 2016 | 11:23 am

      But they did it! And with a little help from Starlin Castro with the solo homer.

    15. Evan3457
      September 8th, 2016 | 3:43 pm

      That’s Castro, the good and the bad. He looked helpless K’ing the first. Nobody was hitting Stroman. Then he tried to get Castro to chase a slider away on 1-1, hung it right over the middle, and BOOM!, because Castro was there, waiting for it.

    16. Greg H.
      September 9th, 2016 | 12:04 am

      @ Evan3457:
      He sure did look helpless with that first K. I mean disgusting. But to the point of the thread, I’ll take the hacker at .260 with 20+ HR over what we had before him. I have no problem with the trade, especially now that we got Warren back. Now, if he could just lay off that garbage…

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