The Chicago Cubs are attempting to work out a long-term deal with shortstop Starlin Castro -- a contract extension that may be for six or seven more years after 2012.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Cubs' offer could be for an extension of six or seven years, with a club option for an additional year. This would buy out all four of Castro's arbitration years and would take him through either the first two or three years of free agency.
Castro, who has a .307 on-base percentage and 12 home runs thus far in 2012, is a player the Cubs organization has been high on for a good long while and clearly wants to build around in both the short-term and the long-term. An offer of a contract for this length of time while Castro still has aspects of his game to iron out speaks to how invested they are in him.