David Bote signs 5-year contract extension with Cubs


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Patrick Gorski - USA Today Sports
Patrick Gorski - USA Today Sports

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.

2020: $950,000

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.

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