Could the Cubs send Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo back in the minors for more grooming?
It doesn’t seem possible considering their status as part of the core of the rebuild, not to mention the seven-year contract extension Castro received last year.
But before Sunday's finale against Milwaukee, manager Dale Sveum, who lost his voice shouting at umpire Chris Guccione on Friday, hinted it was indeed possible. “Find options,” Sveum said. “If people keep playing like that, you have to find options. Give people playing time at Triple-A to figure this stuff out.”
No one believes the Cubs would demote Castro, who is hitting .304, or Rizzo, who is at .190 but leads the team with five home runs.
It’s their defense that has Sveum up in arms.
“You have to perform,” Sveum said. “You can’t not keep performing.”
That is as likely to happen as the Cubs winning the division. This is just a case of Sveum trying to motivate his team to play better fundamental baseball. Maybe you could play on this "threat" to acquire Anthony Rizzo at an even cheaper discount, if he is a player that interests you.
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