The New York Yankees might be looking toward the Windy City to add some needed infield depth.
The Yankees are in need of a second baseman, and Chicago Cubs second baseman Starlin Castro could be their guy. The New York Daily News reported Friday the Yankees and Cubs discussed a trade that would bring Castro to New York in exchange for outfielder Brett Gardner.
Even if Gardner isn’t on his way to the North Side of Chicago, it’s still reportedly a very real possibility he’s moved. The New York Daily News report also states the Yankees would be willing to trade him in the right deal.
Acquiring a player like Castro certainly would make sense for New York. The Yankees currently have a platoon at second base, and Castro would be an upgrade. The former shortstop played well at his new position for the upstart Cubs in 2015. Castro hit .265 with 11 home runs and 69 RBIs for the Cubs last season.
Gardner’s been a valuable piece of the Yankees’ core since becoming a full-time player in 2009 and into 2010. Gardner had another fine season in 2015 with 16 home runs and a career-high 66 RBIs while making the All-Star team for the first time in his career. However, the Yankees already have a ton of money invested in Jacoby Ellsbury and recently acquired outfielder Aaron Hicks from the Minnesota Twins.
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