The charges alone, if brought, could foul up Castro's Visa status for spring training. A long legal process could affect his 2015 playing status.
But the Cubs are rumored to be talking to a rapidly declining infielder with some past with the front office.
Free agent shortstop Stephen Drew is talking to four teams, including the Cubs.
The 31-year-old Drew was horrible in 2014, hitting for a miserable .162/.237/.299 in 300 plate appearances following a lengthy free agent process that left him unsigned until the end of May. Ultimately his -1.1 WAR was by far a career worst, though he provided some value on defense at shortstop, and later second base, when he moved to the Yankees.
As reported, Drew's age and deteriorating skillset, should not be viewed as more than a potential reclamation project for the Cubs, who could bring him in on a one year deal and benefit from his veteran guidance and defensive versatility. So the idea to bring in Drew to a crowded infield with Castro at short, Baez at second, with Alcantara and Valbuena as utility men, makes no sense unless Castro is not in the picture. Baez could move to short and Drew could platoon at second, but for a player asking $10 million/year, that is an expensive bad insurance policy for the Cubs.