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Milwaukee Brewers pursued Starlin Castro before he signed with Washington, per report

The middle infielder was a Brewers target before inking with the Nats

MLB: Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that the Milwaukee Brewers were pursuing free agent infielder Starlin Castro before he signed with the Washington Nationals.

Castro has been predominantly a second baseman over the last five seasons, but the Miami Marlins did play him at third base for 366.2 innings last season. He actually played okay defense at third, but it’s hard to get an accurate grade on him in that small of a sample size.

Offense has generally been Castro’s calling card, but he’s never been spectacular there either. Last year, he hit .270/.300/.436 with 22 homers for the Marlins, but that only added up to a 91 wRC+. He also has a very low 5% BB rate, although a pretty solid 16.7% career strikeout rate.

It doesn’t end up mattering how he would profile with Milwaukee, because Castro is a Washington National. The Brewers continue their pursuit of third base help.

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