The New York Yankees today announced that they have acquired INF Starlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for RHP Adam Warren and a player to be named later.
Castro, 25, hit .265 (145-for-547) with 52R, 23 doubles, 11HR and 69RBI in 151 games with the Cubs in 2015. Over his final 45 games of the season (beginning on August 13), he hit .358 (48-for-134) with 12 doubles, 6HR and 23RBI. His .369 (31-for-84) batting average in September and October led the National League (minimum 50PA).
The Dominican Republic native has spent the majority of his career at shortstop, posting a .963 fielding percentage (138E / 3,753TC) in 844 games (836 starts) at the position. He has also posted a .957 fielding percentage (6E / 138TC) in 38 career games (29GS) at second base, having made his first Major League appearance there on August 11, 2015.
Castro was originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on October 25, 2006. In 891 games over six Major League seasons from 2010-15 - all with Chicago-NL - he has batted .281 (991-for-3,524) with 391R, 186 doubles, 31 triples, 62HR and 363RBI. On August 28, 2012, he signed a seven-year contract with the Cubs through 2019, including a club option for the 2020 season.
Warren, 28, went 7-7 with a 3.29 ERA (131IP, 48ER) and 104K in 43 games (17 starts) with the Yankees in 2015, setting career highs in wins, games started, innings pitched and strikeouts. He was one of just two pitchers in the Majors to make at least 15 starts and 20 relief appearances in 2015, joining the Twins' Trevor May (16 starts, 32 relief appearances). He also became the first Yankee to reach those totals in the same season since Ramiro Mendoza in 1997 (15GS, 24 relief appearances). Warren was originally selected by the Yankees in the fourth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft and went 13-15 with five saves, a 3.39 ERA (289.1IP, 109ER) and 245K in 147 games (20 starts) over parts of four Major League seasons (2012-15) with the club.
The Yankees' 40-man roster remains at 39.