Earlier today a rumor came out that the Chicago Cubs were shopping everyone on their roster, with the exception of Jeff Samardzija. That immediately led to every Pirates fan (and probably every fan of every other team) asking what it would take to get Starlin Castro. That's all moot, as Theo Epstein mentioned that Castro won't be traded. It did provide the second example I saw today of how people don't appreciate the value of a good shortstop.
I was asked if I would deal Gerrit Cole and Starling Marte for Castro. I was also asked if I would deal James McDonald straight up. My answer was yes in each case, although I'm not sure that would get the same response from the Cubs.
My answers drew some shock on Twitter, with several people questioning dealing Cole. It was pointed out that Cole has number one upside, and that the Pirates can't go out and get one of those through any other means than the draft. That's true, but the same is true for a shortstop like Castro. In fact, I'd say it's...
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