NL Central Notes: Cubs, Castro, Reds, Baker

A look at news on Reds and the Cubs..

  • Starlin Castro's agent, Paul Kinzer, told Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune that he planned on tabling contract talks until after the season until the Cubs approached him.  The two sides are working on a new deal that would keep him in Chicago through 2018 and possibly beyond.
  • Manager Dusty Baker and the Reds still have yet to have talks about a contract extension and Baker says that he doesn't expect to do so anytime soon, writes John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
  • Meanwhile, team president Bob Castellini told Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com that he hopes to have Baker as a part of the Reds organization for a long time.  Castellini wouldn't tip his cap as to when contract talks could get started between the two sides but indicated that the timing would likely be agreed upon mutually.
  • Castro has instructed Kinzer not to give him updates on the negotiations and to only notify him when a deal is done, tweets Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com.


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5 Comments on "NL Central Notes: Cubs, Castro, Reds, Baker"


3 years 18 days ago

“Castellini wouldn’t tip his cap as to when contract talks could get started…”
Ugh.

Amakiir
3 years 18 days ago

I don’t like Dusty Baker. He always seems to be in the midst of stupid drama on and off the field. It has grown tiring.

Robb Logan
3 years 18 days ago

The dude wins, has the respect of his players both youngsters and vets and stands up for his team no matter the situation. If I did not respect Sosh so much as the Halos skipper (yep I am still one of the few Angel fans left who does) I would have zero qualms have Dusty manage here. He is old school baseball and I respect that in him.

Amakiir
3 years 18 days ago

It would be nice if he grew up a little and stopped putting his nose where it doesn’t belong. Picking fights with players is completely unacceptable.

Jay King
3 years 15 days ago

The interesting part of these comments by Castellini is this.

“he hopes to have Baker as a part of the Reds organization for a long time.”

a part of the organization???? Maybe they are thinking somewhere other than manager? Just a thought.