Castro to the Sox? Don't hold your breath

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Castro to the Sox? Don't hold your breath

By Art Martone
CSNNE.com

The "silly season" is defined by Wikipedia as the "period lasting for a few summer months typified by the emergence of frivolous news stories in the media". It's not summer anymore, but it sure feels like it.

The Chicago Tribune's Steve Rosenbloom threw out the question yesterday to Cubs fans: Would you trade Starlin Castro for Theo Epstein? (Don't know where that came from; perhaps he got the idea from Nick Cafardo's musings in the Boston Globe a few days ago.) Rosenbloom's feeling was that if the Sox are going to agree to let Theo go, it'll come at a steep price. And there's no steeper price than Castro, the 21-year-old shortstop who hit .301, led the National League in hits with 207, and would be the pool of cool, refreshing water in the desolate wasteland known as The Red Sox Shortstop Position In The Epstein Era.

It had tongues wagging in Boston (where WEEI's Rob Bradford thinks it's a fit) and Chicago (where many of the commenters on Rosenbloom's blog entry had a fit, mostly at him). But let's be real, shall we?

Castro has his faults -- he made 29 errors, he only walked 35 times (and he struck out 96) -- but he's as close to a star-in-the-making as the Cubs have. You build teams by acquiring guys like that, not giving them away. There've been times in the past when teams have surrendered players in exchange for the right to sign a manager or GM, but never one as accomplished as Castro. In fact, deals have broken down -- Dick Williams never got to manage the Yankees because Charlie Finley's compensation demands were too rich for New York's tastes in 1974 -- over such issues.

So while it may be a fun topic to debate, remember the words of Sugar Ray Leonard: It'll never happen.

Besides: If the Sox are going to ask for anyone off the Cubs' big-league roster, ask for Matt Garza.

Art Martone can be reached at amartone@comcastsportsnet.com.

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.