Starlin Castro Says A Long-Term Deal With The Cubs Is 'Very Important'

The Chicago Cubs are reportedly working on hammering out a long-term deal with shortstop Starlin Castro. The young star has been criticized for his lack of focus and effort on the field at times, but Castro is someone who still has tremendous upside and is a player the team would like to build around for some time.

Doug Padilla at ESPN Chicago took down some of Castro's thoughts regarding a potential contract extension on Friday.

"It's very important for me," Castro said of a potential long-term deal. "My (feeling) is that I want to be here and I want to be with the team for a long time.

"I'm letting my agent work," Castro said. "I tell him, 'You tell me when you're close. When you're close and ready to do it, you tell me.' But right now I give more concentration to the game."

Castro had nothing but nice things to say about the city of Chicago and the Cubs organization.

"(Chicago) is one of the best cities I ever see," he said. "Good team, everybody is together. Good people, boss people like (president) Theo Epstein and (general manager) Jed Hoyer. Those are the guys you want to be with your team to make them good for the future. That's what I want to be. This team will be good to win games and be in the playoffs and I want to be there."

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