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Old 08-18-2012, 02:02 PM
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Default Castro inks 7-year, $60 million deal with Cubs

Per ESPN, the Cubs have inked Starlin Castro to a 7-year, $60 million deal.
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Old 08-18-2012, 02:06 PM
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Meh, has great potential so good move
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Old 08-18-2012, 04:17 PM
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So far, he's Alexei without the defense.
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Old 08-18-2012, 04:30 PM
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The Cubs can't help themselves with these type of deals can they? LOL.

They'll regret it soon enough. Guy has a world of talent, tremendous...and a ten cent head.

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Old 08-18-2012, 05:02 PM
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Not a bad deal, you'd think. Obviously there's risk, but less than $10m a year for someone that young? I'd probably do it.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:53 PM
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Meh, has great potential so good move
That is my initial reaction but this move could haunt them. He is a terrible defensive shortstop and seems to have his head in the clouds half the time, I don't think he is all of a sudden going to get profoundly lazy but it's not like he has a great work ethic to begin with.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:16 PM
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That is my initial reaction but this move could haunt them. He is a terrible defensive shortstop and seems to have his head in the clouds half the time, I don't think he is all of a sudden going to get profoundly lazy but it's not like he has a great work ethic to begin with.
I don't know. Defense doesn't really kill potential players like him. I think the Cubs have to start finding their anchors and it seems to be they will go with Castro and Rizzo. Those are not bad choices.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:37 PM
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I don't know. Defense doesn't really kill potential players like him. I think the Cubs have to start finding their anchors and it seems to be they will go with Castro and Rizzo. Those are not bad choices.
Well I think having a defensive liability at one of the most important defensive positions on the field is probably a bad idea. I think what hurts him is his defense and is inability to walk.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:44 PM
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This deal looks good for the Cubs, compared to 8 years/$136M for Soriano.
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:40 AM
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I think this is a good deal.

He's only 22 and I think he'll improve his defense in the coming years as well as learn to walk more.
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:24 AM
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It looks like there is also a $16 Mil option for an 8th year. Depending on the buyout and how he's playing, that could be a very good thing for the team.

If he does continue to develop as a hitter (200+ hits every year) and improves his defense, I wonder at what point he wants to tear up this deal and get a much bigger one. He has his "security", but by signing this deal he is locked in potentially until he is about 31.
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:54 PM
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wow, Castro is far from a bad defensive SS. He has a TON of range and a very very strong arm. His only weakness at the position is mentally, which can be expected from a 22 year old. The truth is is Baez keeps developing, he will push Castro to 3rd in the future anyway.
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:52 PM
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So far, he's Alexei without the defense.
I think his upside is much higher than Alexei. He's still very young.

Alexei is already thirty, and he's solid, but unspectacular.
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I think his upside is much higher than Alexei. He's still very young.

Alexei is already thirty, and he's solid, but unspectacular.
This is true bit he was also touted as a "can't miss" star when he first arrived and I think some of the luster has worn off that prognosis, especially if he moves away from SS where his bat is still better than average for the position.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:48 PM
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A friend of mine has a Ph.D. in behavioral pharmacology, is an astute baseball observer (he deeply understands statistical analysis, but also reads and absorbs more traditional scouting reports) and is a hopeless Cub fan. He thinks Castro will develop into the next Shawon Dunston. He also thought - as of June - that the Cubs should trade him for prospects while his value was high.
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