Cubs, Starlin Castro agree to seven-year contract extension
The Cubs are close to signing shortstop Starlin Castro to a seven-year, $60-million contract extension.
|Starlin Castro could be in a Cubs uniform through at least the 2020 season. (Getty Images)|
Heyman also reports that the deal includes a $16-million option/$1-million buyout for 2020, with the $1-million buyout counting toward the guaranteed $60 million. The option means that Castro could be under contract through his age-30 season.
This year, the 22-year-old two-time All-Star is batting .278/.309/.423 with 12 homers and 19 stolen bases. He's a career .297/.333/.422 hitter.
While Castro needs time to develop with the glove and is prone to mental lapses, the Cubs understandably see him as a franchise cornerstone. After all, shortstops who reach the majors for good at age 20 and provide above-average production don't come along too often.