The New York Yankees appear to have finally resolved the second base problem, one they had not been able to since the loss of Robinson Cano to free agency two years ago. His name is Starlin Castro and if you watched him this past postseason, you had to be impressed with his defensive work at second for the Chicago Cubs, who defeated Pittsburgh in the Wild Card Game followed by an upset of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS, before falling to the New York Mets in the NLCS.
Castro was one of the reasons for their success. He is a Dominican Republic born, three-time All-Star who at 26, should be entering his prime years. He had a tough season but got hot late. He should provide hitting as well as solid defense and pairing up with Didi Gregorious should solidify the middle of the infield.
The cost for the Yankees will be out of thie bullpen as Adam Warren is the pitcher that was dangled along with infielder Brendan Ryan. The Yankees picked up the remaining $38 million dollars and four seasons on Castro’s contract.
The move keeps Rob Refsnyder and Dustin Ackley from inheriting the position as a platoon in 2016 as originally planned. The Yankees fill a major weakness while adding youth to the team. They weaken their deep bullpen but the move makes sense and originally Brett Gardner was rumored to be the cost. But the Yankees retain their centerfielder and are now one step closer to doing bigger things than they were yesterday.