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Cubs first round pick Almora agrees to 3.9 million signing bonus

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Cubs first round pick Almora agrees to 3.9 million signing bonus

The Chicago Cubs have reached a deal with outfielder Albert Almora, the club's first-round selection in this year's MLB Draft, according to Baseball America's Jim Callis.
Almora received a 3.9 million signing bonus, significantly higher than the 3.25 million MLB-recommended amount.
The 18-year-old Almora's comments prior to the signing seemed to indicate he would choose to accept his scholarship to and attend the University of Miami, perhaps giving Scott Boras and him more leverage in contract negotiations.
The Cubs had until July 13 to sign Almora, and have now signed the first 20 draft picks from the first Jed HoyerTheo Epstein draft.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Crawford's return, Saad's demotion and power play concerns

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Crawford's return, Saad's demotion and power play concerns

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Charlie Roumeliotis and Slavko Bekovic provide their thoughts on the Blackhawks’ 3-0-2 start.

They also discuss Brandon Saad’s demotion and whether it could serve as a wake-up call, Corey Crawford’s potential return on Thursday vs. Arizona and what could happen with Anton Forsberg because of it, and address the power play concerns.

The guys wrap up the podcast by making a few bold predictions going forward.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below, and be sure to subscribe, rate us and write a review!

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.