The Chicago Cubs have stated numerous times this season that the team is having a fire sale and will be rebuilding. However, they have again, and again reiterated that the only guy who’s not touchable is shortstop Starlin Castro. Chicago has no made that abundantly clear by extending their superstar through the 2020 season.
Chicago has reportedly given Castro a $60 million extension and the contract has a club option for $16 million in 2020, which means Castro is covered for four years of arbitration eligibility and three years of free agency.
Neither sides are commenting on the contract situation at the moment, because according to Castro’s agent Paul Kinzer, the two sides are still negotiating. But even if the finer details aren’t yet decided upon, the fact of the matter remains Starlin Castro is going to be on the North Side of Chicago for the foreseeabe future.
A future that Cubs fans hope contains a long sought after World Series title. This year marks the 67th year since the Cubs last played in a World Series, let alone win one. 1945 was the last time the Cubs made a World Series appearance, and since then 12 presidents have come on gone and probably more historical — the United States was still at war with Japan.
So it’s safe to say it’s been a while for Cubs fans. Hopefully this $60 million contract is the start of that push towards making a much needed championship shot, and won’t turn out like the false starts and failed hopes that Cubs fans have become so accustomed to.