NY Yankees Rumors: Brett Gardner To Chicago Cubs For Starlin Castro?

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The NY Daily News report suggests that despite his upside, the Yankees are looking for more than Castro in return for veteran outfielder Brett Gardner, who I thought was a good fit in Chicago years ago before he signed a deal to remain in the Big Apple.

Seeing his name pop up in NY Yankees trade rumors, especially in a deal that include Brett Gardner, doesn't come as a surprise at all to baseball analysts.

Speculation has insisted that the Cubs would look to trade Castro this off-season but it's important to realize that team would likely move the converted second baseman in a package for a young, cost-controlled starting pitcher. Playing left field in the Yankees' usual lineup, Gardner also spent more time than expected in center due to an injury-plagued campaign for Jacoby Ellsbury.

While other pieces might need to be included in this potential swap, whether it be prospects or money, the parameters do make a few sort of sense. However, the stretch at the end of the season flashed what he is capable of; Castro was a consecutive All-Star for two seasons when he landed a seven-year, $60 million contract in August of 2012.

The Cubs need outfield insurance in case Dexter Fowler leaves as a free agent, and Gardner can provide that. But, does it for the Yankees? While Castro is only 25-years old, 26 in March, and could cement the Yankees at second base for the next four seasons, does he really help the team?

Going to a team where his role would be steadier Castro has a chance to find a comfort zone again and perhaps get back to his peak performance. At least at second base, the Yankees have options to turn to, as Refsnyder is someone they do like.

The Yankees have been talking with various teams about Gardner after trading for Aaron Hicks and the Cleveland Indians also could be a potential target for Gardner if they deal pitcher Carlos Carrasco.

The Yankees finished their first season in the post-Derek Jeter era by making it to the American League Wild Card Game, but they were eliminated in that contest by the Houston Astros.