Found August 18, 2012 on The Diamond's Edge:

Starlin Castro Gets His Uniform Dirty (If He Knows What's Good For Him)

Theo Epstein has led the Cubs’ rebuilding efforts, and he locked up a key player to a long-term deal on Saturday.

Prized shortstop Starlin Castro agreed to a seven-year, $60 million deal, covering four years of arbitration and three years of free agency.

The contract also includes a $16 million option for 2020. This helps shore up the Cubs promising infield for the long-term, as second baseman Darwin Barney and first baseman Anthony Rizzo have also shown great potential.


Cubs, Castro discussing extension

Shortstop Starlin Castro could be a long-term Chicago Cub soon. The Cubs are discussing a contract extension with Castro that will run six or seven years, according to major-league sources. The deal, sources said, also will include a club option for an additional year. Talks continue to progress, and a deal could be reached early next week, if not sooner, sources said. Castro...

Cubs Bet Big On Starlin Castro’s Improvement

Two months ago, Dale Sveum said this about shortstop Starlin Castro, who forgot how many outs there were on a potential double play ball: “It’s something that’s obviously unacceptable at any time,” Sveum said Monday. “Whether we could have turned the double play or not is irrelevant to not knowing how many outs there are in the most important part of the game. These...

Cubs sign Castro to long deal

The Cubs and Starlin Castro reportedly have agreed on a big contract extension that will keep the shortstop in Chicago for a while.

Chicago Cubs Sign Starlin Castro to Extension

The Chicago Cubs made a huge investment in their future by agreeing with Starlin Castro on an seven year contract that guarantees him 60 million dollars. The contract includes an option on 2020 that could be worth 16 million dollars. It includes a guaranteed buyout of one million dollars should the Cubs not want to give him the 16 million. All told, the contract averages...

Report: Starlin Castro Agrees to Seven-Year, $60 Million Extension With Cubs

Starlin Castro has certainly been productive, even if he's had a few mental lapses. The Cubs now appear to be on the verge of rewarding that production. Castro and the Cubs have agreed to a seven-year, $60 million extension, which also includes a club option for 2020, according to's Enrique Rojas. The contract reportedly covers four years of arbitration eligibility...

Fantasy Baseball Stock Watch: Starlin Castro Must Go

It’s really interesting writing this Stock Watch update each week. I start off with no clue of who I want to write about. After digging through the data and looking at a few different statistics, the story of what I want to write about lays itself out for me. Getting to this point is a test of patience and gets harder as the weeks progress, especially because the available players...

Cubs SS Castro agrees to $60 million contract extension

Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has agreed to a seven-year, $60 million contract extension, reported Saturday. The contract covers Castro's four years of arbitration eligibility and three years of free agency. It also includes a $16 million option for 2020. He was projected to qualify for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" player...

Cubs discussing contract extension for Castro

It's not exactly an eyebrow-raising development that the Chicago Cubs have talked about a contract extension for shortstop Starlin Castro. But the timing of the story does raise some questions. To wit: Why now? What is Castro worth? What kind of player will he become? And what about all that criticism, veiled and mild as it might be at times, from manager Dale Sveum...

Cubs, Castro working on a long-term deal

TCR Friday Notes

I realized my Cubs apathy reached a new height when I had no idea who the Cubs are playing today and don't really care to look it up. - In the news, Kaplan's impeccable, most-excellent sources told him that the Cubs and Starlin Castro are working on an extension that would take him up to free agency and beyond. Rosenthal piggybacks on it with a tweet today saying that it...

FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron Analyzes All Baseball

Episode 229 FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron, as per usual, makes his weekly appearance on FanGraphs Audio and analyzes all baseball. Discussed: • Against the guest’s will, 27-year-old Cincinnati right-handed minor-leaguer Todd Redmond and his invisi-ball. • Starlin Castro‘s contract extension, why the Cubs did that. • The 19-inning Pittsburgh-St. Louis game and the...

Pearl Jam Lead Singer Eddie Vedder Abandons Red Sox Fandom, Switches Allegiance to Twins

Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder is an avid Cubs fan. For years, however, he called the Red Sox his favorite American League team. Not anymore. When former general Theo Epstein bolted for the Cubs over the offseason, Vedder dropped his Boston fandom and switched allegiances, calling the Twins his favorite AL team. "I used to follow the Red Sox in the American League,"...
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