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The Cubs will announce Starlin Castro’s $60-million, seven-year contract
(with an option for an eighth year) in the next few days. It’s a good deal for both parties, as it gets Castro more money the next few years than he’d make through arbitration and will save the Cubs both money and headaches in 2017, ’18, ’19 and possibly ’20 (the option year), all of which are free agent years. The best thing about the trade is that it does not include a no-trade clause, so at some point the Cubs can choose between Castro and fast-moving prospect Javier Baez, trading one for an impact arm. They could also relocate one of them to third base or the outfield. But shortstops who can hit like Castro and Baez have a lot more value than left fielders – or even center fielders – who can hit.