The Chicago Cubs made two bold moves today, trading Starlin Castro to the New York Yankees for Adam Warren and Brendan Ryan. and signing 34 year old free agent Ben Zobrist to a 4 year $56 mil contract. Addison Russell will play SS full time in 2016. Didi Gregorius had a solid finish to the 2015 MLB season hittin .2954 after the All-Star break and Castro will play 2B for the Pinstripes.
Castro, 26, is a three-time All-Star that struggled mightily for much of the 2015 campaign but had a strong finish to the season and an even better showing in the playoffs. He has four years and $38MM remaining on a seven-year, $60MM contract extension he signed three years ago and will, presumably, step in as the Yankees’ everyday second baseman for the foreseeable future. - MLB Trade Rumors
Ben Zobrist helped lead the Kansas City Royals to a World Series, scoring 15 runs in the postseason. Zobrist will be reunited with manager Joe Maddon and will continue to play multiple positions for the Cubbies. Zobrist will turn 35 in May and this contract is going to be tough to defend if Zobrist doesn't produce 2011-12 numbers when he hit 85 doubles and 40 home runs while hitting .269.