Starlin Castro loses millions in legal dispute

Cubs' shortstop Starlin Castro loses millions in legal dispute

12/19/13 in MLB   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Sep 24, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA;  Chicago Cubs infielder Starlin Castro reacts after striking out against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the seventh inning of their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY SportsStarlin Castro -- the Cubs' $60 million shortstop -- is out $3.6 million today. According to this report from the Chicago Tribune, Castro had $3.6 million seized from his bank accounts on Wednesday. The reason? He continued to be unwilling to pay 3 percent of his contract to a baseball school, Mi Futuro Biliguer, he grew up playing at in his native Dominican Republic.

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.
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12/19/13   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

They blamed Dale Sveum for Castro's stagnation. I don't suppose they can blame him for this too.