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Cubs Seeking Deal with Starlin Castro



Chicago Cubs hats & merchandise The Chicago Cubs go forward in the “rebuilding” process.

Starlin Castro seems to be one of the core elements during franchise reconstruction.

David Kaplan of Comcast SportsNet released news on Thursday night saying that his agent, Paul Kinzer and the club are working on a long-term deal that will keep the shortstop in the Windy City.

Aged 22, the native of Dominican Republic made his first appearance in the Major League All-Star Game in 2011, the youngest representative in the Cubs’ history. He finished the 2011 season hitting .307 with 10 home runs and 66 RBI and led the National League in hits (207).

The 2012 Season is Castro’s third year in the Majors. By Wednesday, he is hitting .276 with 12 home runs (career high) and 58 RBI (eight shy to match last year’s number). But he has already struck out 76 times, only 20 times away from last year’s final number. At the same time, he was quite impatient at place. Walking only 21 times this season in 495 plate appearances rectifies it.

The Cubs signed Castro as an amateur free agent in 2006. The potential long-term contract can avoid arbitration case with Castro as earliest as in 2013. Castro is making $567,000 this season.

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By: Patrick Au Yeung Chicago Cubs Correspondent
Twitter - @Cubs_sportsdesk