Starlin Castro, Cubs reportedly close on contract extension
The Chicago Cubs and star shortstop Starlin Castro are very close on an extension and could announce a long-term deal as soon as Tuesday, ESPN.com’s Bruce Levine reported.
Citing a “major-league source,” Levine reported that the deal is a seven-year, $59 million contract. The Cubs will then have a club option on an eighth year with a $1 million buyout.
Levine reported that both sides worked out some tenuous issues in the early stages of negotiations:
Contract negotiations had slowed due to contract language that both sides insisted on. Although the deal took some time to complete there was never a disconnect between the Cubs and agent Paul Kinzer — of the Wasserman Group — who represent Castro. Kinzer was at Wrigley Field on Monday apparently working on the final details of the contract.
The 22-year-old Castro has been one of the bright spots for a Cubs team mired in what is soon to be its third consecutive losing season. Castro is batting .276 with 12 homers and 62 RBI this season, though both his on-base and slugging percentages have dipped from last year.