Jason Castro Could be on the Trading Block
By David Hill
When the Houston Astros traded for Hank Conger, it was expected that another move would be forthcoming. The Astros already had Jason Castro, who just one year ago, was an All-Star. Carlos Corporan, while not the best backup catcher in baseball, is still certainly competent. It definitely felt as though there was another move that would be forthcoming.
It seems as though that second move may involve Castro. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe in his updates section, it is thought that the Astros could listen to offers for the former All-Star, with the Boston Red Sox as a potential trade partner.
It would make sense for several teams to be interested in Jason Castro. Despite his down year in 2014, Castro still hit 14 home runs. Castro is also just a year removed from when he produced a .276/.350/.485 batting line with 18 home runs. A left handed power hitting catcher would certainly have value in the trade market.
For a team that could certainly use more talent in quite a few areas, Castro, if he is truly on the trade block, could provide several potential building blocks for the Astros. Castro could potentially bring back a pitching prospect, maybe even a piece at short or at third, to at least fill the gap until the prospects are ready to take over at those positions.
Still 27 until the middle of the season, Jason Castro would certainly be an intriguing target for a team in search of a catcher. If he can regain the form he displayed in 2013, then any team looking to upgrade their catcher position could have a potential steal through trade.
If he was to be put on the trade block, Jason Castro would certainly generate plenty of interest. That interest may be able to give the Astros several pieces to be able to help to solidify their future.