Posted December 19, 2013

Report: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has $3.6 million seized in legal dispute

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Starlin Castro ( Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had a career-low in batting average last season. ( Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had $3.6 million seized from his bank accounts for refusing to pay three percent of his contract to a baseball school in the Dominican Republic, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

Castro’s father, Diogenis Castros, reportedly signed the agreement with the school Mi Futuro Biliguer when Starlin was 15.

Castro signed a seven-year, $60 million contract extension with the team in 2012. He paid part of his original $45,000 signing bonus to the school, according to the report, but did not expect to continue paying the school throughout his career.

Castro, 23, hit .245 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 161 games for the Cubs last season.

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More from the Chicago Tribune:

Castro’s coach at the school, Manuel Nunez, was planning to sue Castro for “breach of trust and securities distraction,” according to a report, trying to force Castro to give him 3 percent of his contract.

A source said Castro’s attorney plans to file a countersuit against Nunez and claims the contract is baseless, saying the father could not sign away his son’s future earnings


13 comments
MrArlington
MrArlington

Contracts don't go away. For those calling the signing of the contract "stupid" should get more details before jumping to those conclusions. I am betting that the school was instrumental to Castro getting to the MLB so the 3% payment may actually have been a wise contract.

bornindetroit
bornindetroit

Central American baseball mills. Nothing new there...

JonMoore
JonMoore

How can someone sign an agreement for someone else? I guess things are different in the DR. If I was him I would pull all my money out of the DR.


ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Loser will be out of the league in a couple of years, he's a mental midget.

x72
x72

Total idiot. And not an idiot savant just a plain moron idiot.

eddie767
eddie767

Some dad,huh. Castro better find out what other obligations dad signed up for also. He also better keep his money in a US bank(s) and make sure dad can't access.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Government run amok.  

As for the school, what a contemptible crowd of money-grubbers.

JohnFerguson
JohnFerguson

That contract is unenforceable in the U.S. He must have put the money into a Dominican bank account. OOPS

caleb
caleb

@JonMoore You have kids in your picture. Ever take them to the doctor and sign a consent form? 

Rick13
Rick13

@MidwestGolfFan So the college you went to was free to attend?  You don't know if the agreement was in lieu of paying tuition.  This kid may make $100 million over his career, it seems to be a pretty fair exchange for developing his skills for that reality. The contract is probably pay if you make it, pay nothing if you don't.  The story doesn't really contain enough information to make a judgement.

Rick13
Rick13

@JohnFergusonWhy would the contract be unenforcable?  The school obviously taught him well as he is a starting major league ball player.  Parents routinely sign agreements for their children while they are minors. If the player had signed the agreement before reaching that age of majority, then the contract might be unenforcable, but I think you will find it is legally binding.  The 3% they take for developing the skills of a person who may earn more than a $100 million in his career seems a small price.  Agents take more and do a lot less.