David Bote signs 5-year contract extension with Cubs
|Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 4:51 PM- -|
The Chicago Cubs are starting to lock up some of their talented young players to long-term deals.
First, it was Kyle Hendricks, now Theo Epstein has announced Wednesday that the team has signed infielder David Bote with a fully guaranteed contract extension worth $15.003 million through 2024 with two club options (7 mil and 7.6 mil). He is set to make $560,000 this season.
2021: $1 million
2022: $2.5 million
2023: $4 million
2024: $5.5 million
Bote is one of the key Cubs players for the future because of his versatility being able to play first base, second base, shortstop, and third base.
The 25-year old is batting .364 this season through four games in 13 plate appearances. He was impressive in spring training batting .442 with three homers.
For his short two-year MLB career (78 games), he is batting .246 with six homers and 33 RBIs. In total, he has saw action at third base (56 games), second base (13 games), shortstop (two games) and left field (one game).
Several of his homers have been of the clutch variety and who can forget about his walk-off grand slam last season. He was the second player in major league history to hit a walk-off grand slam trailing 3-0.
He was drafted out of Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kansas in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB draft.
$15,003,000/5. 2020-2024 opt 2025-2026. Signing Bonus - $50,000 $950,000 - 2020 $1,000,000 - 2021 $2,500,000 - 2022 $4,000,000 - 2023 $5,500,000 - 2024 Club option 2025 for $7,000,000 or $1,000,000 buyout. Club option 2026 for $7,600,000 or $500,000 buyout.— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) April 3, 2019
Bote initiated the talks, per Theo— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) April 3, 2019
David Bote could max out with total of $4.4M in 2023;$6.3M in 2024;$7M in 2025; $8M in 2026 if he reaches 600 plate appearances in 2023-2024. #Cubs— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 3, 2019
David Bote’s new 5-year, $15 million deal with #Cubs does not include any no-trade provisions, which increases his value to Cubs— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 3, 2019
I've seen a lot of Cubs endings through the years, but that's a stunner. The rising star of David Bote just went up a ton with a walkoff Grand Slam. Incredible moment. pic.twitter.com/SpdOHo6NvF— Larry Hawley (@HawleySports) August 13, 2018