Two sources have reportedly told David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com on Thursday that the Chicago Cubs are in the midst of working on a on a long-term deal with shortstop Starlin Castro.
The deal is rumored to be for six years or more, and would buy out Castro’s remaining arbitration years and two years of free agency through 2016.
The 22-year old is considered to be one of the most talented young players in baseball, and has been touted as a pure hitter after becoming the youngest player to lead the National League in hits.
However, his offensive production hasn’t been as strong as it has been in the previous two seasons, as he’s hitting .276/.307/.422 with 12 homers in 495 plate appearances in 2012.
Defensively though, Castro has improved, making him one of the few building blocks already in place for the Cubs’ new management team of president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.