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Stone: Castro 'Will Grow Into A Third Baseman'

(WSCR) As a 21-year-old shortstop, Starlin Castro is the youngest Chicago Cubs player to ever make an All-Star game. However, there's a chance that in the future, he'll make the game as a third baseman.

"Eventually, he will grow into a third baseman," Steve Stone said on the Mully and Hanley Show. "He's not a third baseman now...he's doing a great job at shortstop, you leave him there. I saw him as a 19-year-old in the Arizona Fall League, the steps he's made forward to this point has made him bigger and stronger. He's probably going to get a little bigger, and certainly stronger in the next couple of years."

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If Castro's future is indeed at third base, then the Cubs need to start planning for that future. With Aramis Ramirez in the final year of is contract (there is a club option for 2012), the Cubs need to evaluate how far off a move for Castro might be, and who will play third until that time.

"In bringing Ramirez back," Stone said. "You have to ask yourself: Do you retard the advancement of your baseball team? Or are you on a holding pattern for a while, to beat some people? Because looking at the division, the division, again, might be there for the taking."

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