Starlin Castro – 2B, Miami Marlins
The Marlins are almost certain not to exercise Starlin Castro‘s $16-million club option for 2020, thus making him a free agent. I am admittedly on the fence regarding Castro’s potential value to the Indians based on his ability to play multiple infield positions.
If nothing else, he is not a significant downgrade from Jason Kipnis at second base, and he could fill in at third and short from time to time as needed.
Like Garcia, however, he is a right-handed hitter. As currently constructed, the Indians’ options from the left side of the plate are switch-hitters Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Carlos Santana, and Greg Allen; and pure lefties Jake Bauers and Bradley Zimmer.
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If we include players without significant (or any) MLB experience, Bobby Bradley, Daniel Johnson, and Nolan Jones would figure to be the most likely left-handed hitters in the system to see any time with the big league club in 2020.
If the Indians are looking for a utility player or second baseman with limited upside, they’d be just as well-served to bring Kipnis back on a low-cost deal, or kick the tires on Brock Holt, a veteran lefty who can play the outfield.
I wouldn’t be inconsolably upset over Castro finding his way onto the Tribe’s 25-man roster to start next season, but if I’m getting a right-handed hitter, I’d prefer a game-changer or at least one with more upside than Castro.