Mariners Analysis: 5 Players the M’s Should Target in Trades

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Jun 9, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (13) hits a single in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Starlin Castro, SS Chicago Cubs

This is looking not as likely as it did a week ago. That is due to the injury of Javier Baez, the prospect who is performing very well in the infield. He is out for about two months which means the Cubs need Starlin Castro to hold down the fort.

In the case that he is going to be traded, the Mariners should take a long look. He has a lifetime .729 OPS, which would be 4th on the team in Seattle. He is a 3-time All-Star who had 207 hits in 2011. He has played 120+ games in each of his first five years in the big leagues and twice played over 160.

Not any one stat will jump out at you, Castro he makes any lineup better. A shortstop that can consistently get on base is something the Mariners have not had in some time. His defense may get adventurous at times, but he consistently produces with the bat. Over his career, his most productive position in the lineup has been the leadoff spot.

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