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Cubs sign No. 4 pick Kyle Schwarber for below slot bonus

Jun 11, 2014, 12:48 PM EST

Kyle Schwarber AP

When the Cubs drafted Indiana University catcher Kyle Schwarber with the fourth overall pick it was viewed as a surprising move and the assumption was that they’d save money on that signing and use the extra funds to help snag a high-upside player later in the draft.

Sure enough, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Schwarber and the Cubs have agreed to a deal worth $3.125 million, which is about $1.5 million below the slot-recommended bonus of $4.621 million for the No. 4 overall pick.

Of course, that doesn’t mean Schwarber will prove to be a poor choice. Prior to the draft Baseball America rated him as the 17th-best prospect in the class and he hit .350 with huge power and an OPS above 1.100 in his final two college seasons. And now the Cubs have $1.5 million to throw around in an effort to add a harder-to-sign player from later in the draft.

  1. numbr4stuna - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    The rebuilding process has been tough to go through but the front office is doing exactly what they said they would. With Rizzo and Castro starting to play to their potential, I think a lot of the fans who were angry with Theo & Co. will start seeing the bright side. There is a lot to look forward to as a Cubs fan.

  2. disgracedfury - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Until they get pitching all these hitter are useless.Future Orioles and Royals is what this team is.

  3. stlouis1baseball - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    This kid can flat out hit. I have had the opportunity of seeing him play a handful of times in Bloomington.
    I will certainly be following his career and I wish him well.
    Even if he does ultimately play for the Cubs. lol!
    Go Hoosiers!

  4. sportsfan18 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Great… he’s the Cubs future designated hitter…

    Uh, er, Mr. Theo sir… you’re in the NL now and there is no longer a DH…

    Sure there is. Roid Pappi was my last DH and I’ve finally found our Papi here…

    OK, whatever you say boss…

    The Lastros are doing better than the Cubs folks…

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