The plan this offseason is for Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro to work on his shyness.

This is less about his personality, though, as it is about how he plays on the infield. The Cubs would like Castro to stop lingering as far back on the infield as possible and show his face closer to the base paths.

Sveum calls Castro a "grass hugger," and the term has nothing to do with being an advocate for better lawn care.

"(It's players) that don't want to leave that cut of the grass because their arms are so strong," Sveum said. "They don't want to risk gaining ground on a ball. It's not charging a ball it's gaining and you end up gaining three or four yards on ground balls and angles of balls and things like that. There is no doubt he's still one of those guys who wants to rely on his arm."