The Cubs will need to see an overwhelming offer from the Mets to trade them 24-year-old, three-time All-Star SS Starlin Castro, the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzalez recently told SNY.TV's Mostly Mets podcast.
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"I think they would be open to moving him, but it would have to be for a front line, non-arbitration eligible, No. 1 or No. 2 pitcher," according to Gonzalez, who believes Castro's bat is significantly less valuable if moved to third base or the outfield.
According to New York reporter Andy Martino's sources, while the Mets might be willing to part with Noah Syndergaard in a deal for Cubs SS prospect Addison Russell, the Cubs will almost certainly want more than that (Daily News, Aug. 20). Similarly, in return for Castro, while the Mets might consider trading Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores, Martino says the Cubs would again want more, such as Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom.
In the end, “It’s hard to see how we would actually match up,” an official with one of the clubs told Martino.