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Cubs, Castro nearing contract

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Starlin Castro's agent confirmed he and the Cubs are discussing a multi-year contract extension for the two-time All-Star shortstop.

``We're talking,'' agent Paul Kinzer said. ``Starlin loves Chicago. If he has his way, this is where he'd end his career.''

Castro is eligible for arbitration for the first time at the end of this season. Because he's a ``Super 2'' player -- one of a handful of players to qualify with less than the requisite three years service time -- he would have four years of arbitration eligibility.

Kinzer declined to provide specifics related to the talks.

But sources say the deal is expected to cover all four years of arbitration plus at least an option year on his first year of free agency.

Jose Reyes signed a deal of similar length with the New York Mets before the 2007 season, getting roughly $34 million for five years. Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus last winter signed a three-year extension for $14.4 million.

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