As they continue to build for the future, the Chicago Cubs have been working on a long-term deal with shortstop Starlin Castro recently, as David Kaplan of CSN Chicago reports. Castro is considered to be a cornerstone of the Cubs' roster, so it's not surprising to see the team working to lock up his services over the long haul.
According to Kaplan, the Cubs are discussing a deal with Castro's agents that would last at least six years. Right now, the shortstop is on pace to hit free agency after the 2016 season, so such a contract would buy out at least two of Castro's free agent seasons, and possibly more.
Castro, 22, is considered to be one of the most talented young players in the sport, particularly as a pure hitter. After becoming the youngest player to lead the National League in hits as a 21-year-old, he's seen his numbers drop to .276/.307/.422 this season, but his power is up and his defense has improved.