Starlin Castro's agent Paul Kinzer wanted to take the traditional route on negotiating the 22-year-old shortstop's contract extension. It's popular to table negotiations while the season is active, and Kinzer planned on doing that. But it seems Castro and the Cubs wanted to this differently.
"That was my intent, but the Cubs pursued it and Castro wanted to do it, so I work for the players," Kinzer told the Chicago Tribune. "If it's a good deal, it's usually a win-win, or both sides feel like they are getting everything they want. So this definitely falls in there."
That falls in line with what Castro had to say about his long term intentions with the organization. He sees something the Cubs can build around if they commit to it. Here's a Starlin Castro quote from the same link:
"You want to be a good team for the future; that's why I want to be on this team," he said. "We are going to be good to win games, playoffs and that kind of stuff. I want to be there. It's very important. Everybody like me, (Darwin) Barney, (Anthony) Rizzo ? we want to keep those guys together for the future."