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

BA LEADER
Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.292 14 65 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 31
RBIA. Rizzo 72
RA. Rizzo 83
OPSA. Rizzo .895
WJ. Arrieta 9
ERAT. Wood 4.86
SOJ. Arrieta 157