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Cubs send Starlin Castro to Yankees

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Cubs send Starlin Castro to Yankees

The Cubs traded middle infielder Starlin Castro to the New York Yankees, the team announced Tuesday night.

The Cubs simultaneously announced that Ben Zobrist agreed to a four-year deal with the team.

In six seasons with the Cubs, Castro hit .281 with 62 homers and 363 RBIs, making three All-Star teams.

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In 151 games last season, Castro hit .265 with 11 homers and 69 RBIs. He was moved to second base midway through the season and posted a .358/.379/.597 slash line over his final 45 games of the regular season, picking up 48 hits, 12 doubles and six home runs over that stretch, scoring 18 runs and driving in 23.

The Cubs received pitcher Adam Warren in the deal. Warren went 7-7 with three holds, one save and a 3.29 ERA last season. He made 26 appearances out of the bullpen and made 17 starts.

The Cubs will also receive a player to be named later in the trade.

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.