Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had a career-low in batting average last season. ( Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had $3.6 million seized from his bank accounts for refusing to pay three percent of his contract to a baseball school in the Dominican Republic, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.
Castro’s father, Diogenis Castros, reportedly signed the agreement with the school Mi Futuro Biliguer when Starlin was 15.
Castro signed a seven-year, $60 million contract extension with the team in 2012. He paid part of his original $45,000 signing bonus to the school, according to the report, but did not expect to continue paying the school throughout his career.
Castro, 23, hit .245 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 161 games for the Cubs last season.
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Castro’s coach at the school, Manuel Nunez, was planning to sue Castro for “breach of trust and securities distraction,” according to a report, trying to force Castro to give him 3 percent of his contract.
A source said Castro’s attorney plans to file a countersuit against Nunez and claims the contract is baseless, saying the father could not sign away his son’s future earnings