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Starlin Castro’s extension with the Cubs could be announced Tuesday

Aug 27, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

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Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com reported last weekend that the Cubs and Starlin Castro had reached an agreement on a long-term contract extension, but we’re still waiting on an official announcement. That should change soon.

According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the deal could be announced as soon as tomorrow. Castro’s agent, Paul Kinzer, was at Wrigley Field today presumably putting the finishing touches on the agreement.

Castro will reportedly be guaranteed $60 million over seven years while the contract includes a $16 million club option for 2020 or a $1 million buyout. The 22-year-old shortstop was projected to qualify for arbitration for the first time this winter as a Super Two player, so the extension will buy out all four of his arbitration seasons and at least his first three years of free agency.

Castro entered tonight’s action with a .296/.333/.421 batting line and a .755 OPS over his first three seasons in the big leagues. He’s still a bit raw and may find himself at another position by the time the contract expires, but Theo Epstein and company are banking on Castro to be one of the cornerstones that gets the Cubs back on the winning track.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com has the contract details. In addition to a $6 million signing bonus, Castro make $5 million in 2013 and 2014, $6 million in 2015, $7 million in 2016, $9 million in 2017, $10 million in 2018 and $11 million in 2019. If he wins the MVP or finishes in the top five of MVP balloting twice, salaries for 2019 and the 2020 option year will increase by $2 million. He’ll max out at $79 million if the option year is exercised and he meets all escalator benchmarks.

  1. riverace19 - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    I’d be much happier with a Starlin Castro trade to a team that overvalues him. Several better places to spend your money than this guy.

    • istillbelieveinblue - Aug 28, 2012 at 7:30 AM

      It’s a pretty reasonable contract, except for possibly the length. He never makes more than $11 million unless the escalators kick in. That’s less than $10 per year for a 22 year old all-star shortstop that the team now controls through 2020.

      • Alex K - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:46 AM

        Why even be worried about the length? Like you said he’s only 22. The Cubs are buying his 20′s. It’s not like the length of the contract puts him into a player’s typical decline years. I’m 100% in favor of this.

      • istillbelieveinblue - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:53 AM

        I’m not so much concerned with a decline due to aging, but with his maturity issues. I think he’ll be fine, but committing to him for 7 years is a risk. I agree with you though. I really like the contract; I was just nitpicking. :)

      • Alex K - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:24 PM

        There is risk in committing to any player for 7 years. It’s more concentration than maturity. And he’s gotten better every year (with concentration, that is).

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