Starlin Castro RUMORS & NEWS

  • State of the Cubs: Don't take Starlin Castro for granted

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs are in a Catch-22 situation with Starlin Castro. The trade rumors would have intensified if they hadn’t signed him to a long-term extension — seven years, $60 million, club option for 2020 — and he got closer and closer to big paydays in arbitration and free agency. But that deal also..." October 16

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    Cubs GM Jed Hoyer says Starlin Castro's high ankle sprain is expected to be a season-ending injury.

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs Starlin Castro returns tonight to line up

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    Jason Martinez @mlbdepthcharts

    Updated #Cubs roster: SS Starlin Castro placed on Bereavement List, SP Edwin Jackson (strained lat) placed on DL ...

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Starlin Castro has drawn some trade interest, but the Cubs do not plan to move him this month, sources say. @FOXSports1

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    David Lennon @DPLennon

    Talked to source familiar with Cubs thinking. Said don’t expect Starlin Castro to be traded this season. Also could be moved to 3B for ’15.

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Castro says he 'll take up to 6 AB today in minor game. Won't play the field and won't run full speed out of box but will run bases after

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Renteria is not worried about Castro being ready for opening day (at least not yet). Ran the bases yest. Should play soon. Sun? Mon?

  • Starlin Castro up to ‘90 percent’ as Cubs face injury issues

    CSN Chicago "Starlin Castro estimated he’s running at 90 percent now, but the Cubs shortstop wouldn’t put a timetable on when he’ll be able to play in a game again. “I don’t know,” Castro said Tuesday, “but we’re getting closer.” Castro went through another series of tests at Cubs Park, taking batting..." March 19

  • Cubs: Starlin Castro looks forward to playing with Javier Baez

    CSN Chicago "There’s no rivalry between Starlin Castro and Javier Baez. The Cubs don’t have to choose between their $60 million shortstop and Baseball America’s No. 5 overall prospect. Castro remembers how Alfonso Soriano looked after him as a rookie in 2010. Baez understands his place in the clubhouse and..." March 05

  • Cubs: Motivated Starlin Castro plans to get back to All-Star level

    CSN Chicago "Starlin Castro is out to prove that he’s still an All-Star shortstop. The Cubs need him to be that ultra-confident .300 hitter who used to make it look easy. “I don’t want to mention last year, because it’s over,” Castro said Wednesday. “I’m going to start with my mind clean and be ready for..." February 20

  • Starlin Castro is on Rick Renteria’s mind at Cubs camp

    CSN Chicago "Starlin Castro is on Rick Renteria’s mind. The relationship between a first-year manager and a two-time All-Star shortstop will be watched closely as this camp unfolds. Underneath the Arizona sunshine, Renteria will be trying to connect with Castro, who’s entering the second season of a..." February 19

  • Cubs' Castro has $3.6 million seized in legal dispute

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had $3.6 million seized from his bank accounts Wednesday for refusing to pay 3 percent of his contract to a baseball school in the Dominican Republic, according to published reports. Castro’s father, Diogenis Castros, reportedly signed the agreement with..." December 19

  • Cubs looking to the future with Starlin Castro and Javier Baez

    CSN Chicago "Cubs fans and the Chicago media will dissect the relationship between Rick Renteria and Starlin Castro. Renteria knew the Castro questions would be coming during Thursday’s meet-and-greet session at Wrigley Field. The new Cubs manager already made it a priority to reach out to the franchise..." December 06

  • Cubs' Castro hopes disappointing 2013 just a bump in road

    Chicago Tribune "Starlin Castro and former teammate Aramis Ramirez spent some quality time together last weekend in Chicago discussing the ups and downs of being a star player on the Cubs. Watching the Cubs from afar the Brewers' third baseman came to the conclusion Castro is being made a scapegoat for many of..." September 10

  • Cubs' manager Dale Sveum losing patience with Starlin Castro

    ESPN Chicago "The most important takeaway from Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum’s mid-game benching of shortstop Starlin Castro isn’t how Castro reacted after the Cubs 4-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. It’s how Sveum reacted. “He’s played in the big leagues long enough and we’ve had our..." August 18

  • Starlin Castro removed from game after mental error

    CBSSports.com "The nightmare that has been the 2013 season continued Saturday for Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro as he was benched mid-game by manager Dale Sveum. With the bases loaded in the top of the fifth Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter lifted a soft pop up into shallow left field behind third..." August 17

  • With Cubs, Starlin Castro will keep feeling the heat

    CSN Chicago "If you can’t handle it, then go play somewhere else. Jeff Samardzija sent that message, knowing there’s always something to talk about with your Chicago Cubs, whether it’s second-guessing the manager, another Carlos Marmol meltdown, Ian Stewart’s Twitter account, the Wrigley Field renovation..." June 22

  • Tuning out the noise, Castro trying to fight out of slump

    CSN Chicago "Right now, Starlin Castro isn’t going to get benched or traded or shipped out to Triple-A Iowa. The All-Star shortstop isn’t about to switch positions. Castro is very good at tuning out the noise surrounding the Cubs, ignoring how he’s usually the center of the daily drama and impressing those..." June 11

  • Starlin Castro battling through adversity at the plate

    CSN Chicago "The expectations for the Chicago Cubs this season weren’t high. Fighting for a .500 record was seen as an optimistic goal and only the most idealistic bleacher bum expected more. What was counted upon was progress. Progress from Anthony Rizzo. Progress from Jeff Samardzija. And, perhaps most..." June 09

  • Starlin Castro dropped to seventh in batting order

    Chicago Sun-Times "The longest slump shortstop Starlin Castro can remember having has him batting seventh against the Angels. Manager Dale Sveum, who admits a lot of the video and cage work with Castro could be getting in his head, told him it’s not a long-term move and isn’t about putting him on notice or..." June 05

  • Young players emerging as leaders for Cubs

    Chicago Tribune "Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood are long gone, and a new breed of leaders has emerged in the Cubs clubhouse. President Theo Epstein cited Anthony Rizzo and Jeff Samardzija as two examples. "And (Starlin) Castro is showing he's in that group in his own way," Epstein said. "When you play 162..." April 04

  • Is all play, no rest best for Castro?

    ESPN.com "Should Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro play all 162 games again this season? Manager Dale Sveum has the definitive view on the topic. "When you're thinking about winning the division by one game or getting in the wild card by one game and give those guys too many days off and you..." March 27

  • Starlin Castro likely back Wednesday

    ESPN.com "Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday after missing two weeks because of a strained left hamstring. Manager Dale Sveum said Castro likely will start on Wednesday and play four or five innings against the Colorado Rockies. The 22-year-old All-Star..." March 12

  • Sveum says Castro likely back next week

    ESPN.com "Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was hoping for a return to the lineup this weekend, but manager Dale Sveum said Thursday it more than likely it will be next week. "Everything is great," Sveum said. "He'll do a normal day today. He'll probably play Monday or Wednesday depending on what we..." March 07

  • Cubs watch Starlin Castro survive a scary moment

    CSN Chicago "This could have been a nightmare scenario for the Cubs, their All-Star shortstop hobbling off the field. Starlin Castro survived a scary moment during Wednesday’s 11-7 loss to the Dodgers at HoHoKam Stadium. Castro pulled up running to first base and left the game with left hamstring tightness,..." February 28

  • Cubs' Castro should be OK after hamstring scare

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs have had their share of heartbreaking spring training injuries, including Kerry Wood's season-ending elbow injury in 1999 and Mark Prior's Achilles tendon injury in 2004. So when Starlin Castro pulled up lame while running to first in the fourth inning of Wednesday's Cactus League game..." February 28

  • Starlin Castro Hurt In Cubs Loss To Dodgers

    Bleed Cubbie Blue "This game was ridiculously long. Those of you of a certain age will remember how Johnny Carson used to make remarks like that, to which the retort was, "How long was it?" No innuendo here, just facts. They barely got out of the second inning after an hour had gone by. Two hours, top of the..." February 27

  • Cubs' Castro leaves game with hamstring injury

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro left Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a hamstring injury after pulling up lame running out a ground ball to short. Castro was trying to beat out an infield single to short in the fourth inning when he grabbed his leg halfway down the..." February 27

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    Starlin Castro left the game with left hamstring tightness.

  • With Baez on the rise, Castro focused on winning Gold Glove

    CSN Chicago "Nothing seems to faze Starlin Castro. Not getting to The Show some six weeks after his 20th birthday, without a single at-bat at Triple-A Iowa, and only 57 games at Double-A Tennessee. Not a regime change at Clark and Addison that had the front office wondering whether he could stay at..." February 20

  • Castro believes he can win a Gold Glove

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro looks at Darwin Barney’s Gold Glove award with the slightest bit of envy. As much as he’s accomplished in his first three seasons with the Cubs- two All-Star appearances and 529 hits- there are still areas where Castro needs to improve, including his..." February 19

  • Starlin Castro Expected To Take Control Next Season

    Cubbies Crib "Cubs' manager Dale Sveum has made the expectations for Starlin Castro perfectly clear: It's your time to shine – take control of your own destiny. While Sveum himself cannot be directly quoted, Carrie Muskat (Chicago Cubs beat writer) has reported that this is the message being sent in the..." January 14

  • Cubs position analysis: Castro making strides

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs wanted Starlin Castro to be a model citizen, improve his fielding, add a little power and use his speed more often this year. Castro did all of those things to some degree and ultimately was rewarded with a seven-year, $60 million deal, with a $16 million option for 2020. For..." October 11

  • Revived Castro will play in all 162

    ESPN.com "Cubs first-year manager Dale Sveum might have been hardest on Starlin Castro this season, but he also showed him the utmost respect. Although he didn't exactly come out and say it, Sveum suggested that Castro will end up playing in al 162 games, meaning that even if he does go with a..." October 01

  • Starlin Castro's doing more for Cubs than just chasing .300

    CSN Chicago "Starlin Castro yelled at himself and walked slowly back to the dugout, checking the replay on the video board in left field and squeezing the bat as if he wanted to break it over his knee. Colorado Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt had just struck out Castro with three straight pitches clocked..." September 28

  • Sveum pegs Castro as a "grass hugger"

    ESPN.com "The plan this offseason is for Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro to work on his shyness. This is less about his personality, though, as it is about how he plays on the infield. The Cubs would like Castro to stop lingering as far back on the infield as possible and show his face closer..." September 27

  • Cubs' Starlin Castro has a can-duo attitude about pairing with Barney

    Chicago Sun-Times "Two-time All-Star Starlin Castro has goals in sight for 2013, and they go beyond being a consistent .300 hitter while driving in runs. His dreams are about teaming with Darwin Barney as the best middle-infield pair in baseball. ''I look at him all the time and what he's done,'' Castro said..." September 18

  • Cubs' Castro in search of a lineup home

    ESPN.com "One of these seasons the Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro figures to finally get that spot in the batting order that he can call his own, although it might not be for a while. The versatile Castro has been used most often in the No. 2, 3 and 5 spots this season, with much of his recent success..." September 17

  • Cubs believe Castro can add power to repertoire

    Chicago Tribune "Starlin Castro may be a two-time All-Star who has twice hit above .300, but the Cubs would like to see him get "to another level" offensively. Manager Dale Sveum is among those urging Castro to eliminate his leg kick and hand movements, especially in key at-bats like one Friday when he hit a..." September 16

  • Castro vows big money won't change him

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs often pointed to Carlos Zambrano's $91 million contract extension in August 2007 as the beginning of a marked change in his clubhouse and on-field demeanor. Zambrano began thinking of himself as the superstar nicknamed "Big Z," more than one player said, rather than the once-affable..." September 14

  • Don't blame Starlin: Cubs shortstop knows it's time to finish strong

    CSN Chicago "Sometimes it seems like everyone around the Cubs is getting a bridge year – except for Starlin Castro. Theo Epstein is taking his time laying the foundation for sustained success – and the team president clearly believes the 22-year-old All-Star shortstop will be a building block. Manager..." September 13

  • Cubs show faith in Starlin Castro with 7-year, $60 million deal

    Chicago Sun-Times "Barely six months ago, on a warm, uncomfortable day in Mesa, Ariz., Starlin Castro looked into a bank of news cameras and microphones and talked for the first time about sexual-assault allegations made against him last fall. On Tuesday, ahead of the Cubs' 4-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, he..." August 29

  • Cubs guarantee Castro $60 million through next 7 seasons

    Chicago Tribune "The new Cubs regime has created a revolving door of hit-and-miss talent this season, but Tuesday it made the first long-term commitment to the future. And the first seven-year, $60 million contract went to a Jim Hendry holdover, Starlin Castro, because "we're building a young core and Starlin's..." August 29

  • Cubs, Castro agree to seven-year deal

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs and shortstop Starlin Castro have officially agreed to terms on a seven-year deal that includes a club option for an eighth season in 2020. Castro leads the National League with 486 hits since making his major league debut on May 7, 2010. He became the youngest player and the first..." August 28

  • Starlin Castro set to sign $60M deal

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs' future will be on display Tuesday with Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney in the spotlight. For Castro, the day is expected to bring the signing of a seven-year, $60 million contract that will lock him up as a team cornerstone for the Theo Epstein era. For Barney, the day could bring..." August 28

  • Castro deal may be done Tuesday

    ESPN.com "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..." August 28

  • Cubs closing in on seven-year, $60 million deal with Starlin Castro

    Chicago Sun-Times "They don't have a pitching staff for next season, but the Cubs are on the verge of securing a face of the franchise for the rest of the decade. In what will be the Theo Epstein-led front office's biggest financial commitment to date, the Cubs are close to finalizing a seven-year, $60 million..." August 19

  • Source: Starlin Castro gets extension

    ESPN.com "Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has agreed to a seven-year contract extension worth $60 million, a source told ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com. The contract covers four years of arbitration eligibility and three years of free agency, and includes a $16 million option for 2020. Castro, 22, was..." August 18

  • Castro happy Cubs want to sign him long term

    Chicago Tribune "Starlin Castro said he wants to be with the Cubs his entire career and Theo Epstein is intent on retaining the club's young core. After word surfaced that Castro's agent has been involved in conversations with management about a long-term contract, the Cubs president told reporters Friday..." August 18