Cubs' shortstop Starlin Castro loses millions in legal dispute
Why Castro was indebted to the school is reportedly because his father, Diogenis Castros, signed a contract with the school when Starlin was 15 promising 3 percent of his future big league earnings to the school. Castro was signed by the Cubs for $45,000 and he reportedly gave a portion of that bonus to the Cubs, but had not paid anything to the school (which means, "My Future Big Leaguer" in spanish), since signing a seven-year, $60 million contract extension with the Cubs in 2012.
What is unclear from multiple media reports is why the seizure took place on Wednesday, and why $3.6 million was taken. I am no mathematician, but $3.6 million is about 6 percent of $60 million, or twice what the school would be owed if the agreement with Castro's father was honored. What makes the situation even more odd is that although Castro signed the $60 million deal, he has not yet collected close to $60 million (and won't until 2019).
Manuel Nunez, who coached Castro at Mi Futuro Biliguer, was reportedly planning to sue Castro to recoup the 3 percent owed. According the to Chicago Tribune report, Castro was planning a countersuit to nullify the contract with the school.
It is unclear how this saga will end, but it is an unneeded distraction for a team that went 66-96 last year.