Paul Sullivan, Cubs beat writer at the Chicago Tribune, has the story:
On Wednesday it was revealed Castro had $3.6 million from his bank accounts in the Dominican Republic frozen over a contract his father signed when he was 16, agreeing to give 3 percent of his major league earnings to persons involved with a baseball school in the Dominican.
Castro’s agent and attorney believe the contract will be nullified in a Dominican court when all is said and done, and Castro will get to keep his money. The Cubs have remained mum, monitoring the situation from afar.
Castro has known about this issue for over a year and his countersuit claims that it had “direct impact on his duties as a professional ballplayer, leading to one of his worst-ever statistical performances.”
Castro did indeed struggle in 2013, batting just .245/.284/.347 in 705 plate appearances.
For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East
Boston may have the most talent and, in Mookie Betts, the best player. The Yankees have the best farm system. Baltimore has all the dingers and the best closer. Toronto may have the best collection of heels, at least in the view of fans of the other AL East teams. The Rays have the best . . . hmm. I’ll get back to you on that.
Anyway, here are our previews for the American League East:
Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.