Source: Castro deal may be done Tuesday

August, 27, 2012
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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Starlin CastroAndy Lyons/Getty ImagesStarlin Castro may be giving up two potential free-agent years with his new deal.
The Chicago Cubs and shortstop Starlin Castro have closed the gap on contract negotiations and could announce on Tuesday the official agreement on a seven-year, $59 million dollar deal, according to a major league source.

The contract money was agreed to 10 days ago as first reported by ESPN Deportes.

The Cubs will hold an option for an eighth year at $16 million with a $1 million buy-out, a source said.

Contract negotiations had slowed due to contract language that both sides insisted on. Although the deal took some time to complete there was never a disconnect between the Cubs and agent Paul Kinzer -- of the Wasserman Group -- who represent Castro. Kinzer was at Wrigley Field on Monday apparently working on the final details of the contract.

The 22-year-old Castro will give up two potential free-agent years by signing the new contract.

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Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.98 104 108
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Rizzo .280
HRA. Rizzo 20
RBIS. Castro 51
RA. Rizzo 59
OPSA. Rizzo .899
ERAJ. Samardzija 2.83
SOJ. Hammel 104