Archive for the ‘Starlin Castro’ Category

It’s that time of year when we can begin to lazily offer a GIF as a representation of a player or team’s season. Take, for instance, the body language of Ricky Romero here to describe the left hander’s disastrous 2012 campaign, or the self-serving approach of this Marlins fan as a portrayal of Jeffrey Loria.

Please allow Starlin Castro to exhibit his slide from a .307/.341/.432 2011 triple slash line to today’s .283/.321/.431 totals and title of the National League leader in errors committed in GIF form. This is Stumblin’ Castro.

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Over the weekend, the Chicago Cubs and shortstop Starlin Castro agreed to a seven-year contract extension that guarantees the player $60 million, including a $1 million buyout for an eighth year option worth $16 million. While it’s expected to take another week or so to iron out some of the language in the pact, the terms of the deal will cover four years of Castro’s arbitration eligibility as a Super Two player and three years of free agency.

Having come up to the big leagues in 2010, it’s easy to forget that Castro is only 22-years-old. He’s taken a step back this year at the plate, but due to his age and increase in power numbers (even if his walk rate has declined), a long-term deal was in the best interest of a Cubs team that sold off a lot talent at the trade deadline, and only had five guaranteed contracts for next season.

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