One of the positions that was not filled yet on the Yankees’ roster after the Bombers did not extend the contract of Steven Drew, was that of second base.
For weeks the name of the Cubs’ Starlin Castro swirled around. But also Yankees prospect Rob Refsnyder was named to fill the void.
Castro played most games at shortstop for the Cubs, but during the season he was moved to second base. On that position he played 38 games in which he committed six errors.
Now the Yankees have acquired Castro in a trade, the 26-year old infielder will be under control through 2019. The Yankees will owe him $38 million over that period. The Cubs could let Castro go after they acquired Ben Zobrist in a four year deal worth $56 million.
But to get something, you have to give up something.
The Yankees will send Adam Warren to Chicago and a player to be named later. Personally I think it is a shame that Warren will not be on the team anymore. The guy was a decent pitcher, good enough to fill the nr. 4 or 5 sport in the rotation. He is an inning eater and can both pitch from the rotation and the bullpen. So the Yankees are sending away a versatile player.
Now the Yankees have acquired Castro, what will happen to Rob Refsnyder? It is very likely that they will keep him in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as backup in case of injuries. Even though his defense has improved a lot he still isn’t the player that the Yankees expected him to be, so a role as a player who is coming from the bench may be not his, even though his bat is good. But with Greg Bird and Aaron Judge as promising sluggers, I fear that Refsnyders’ role with the Yankees is over. The Yankees are still looking for a young and MLB ready pitcher.I will not be surprised if Refsnyder will be sent away in exchange for such a pitcher.
To be continued….