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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.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

For the first time in almost two weeks, the Cubs offense started to look more like the team we know they can be in Wednesday afternoon's victory over the Brewers. But when will the starting rotation follow? Kyle Hendricks pitched better than his stat line once again, but it's getting late in the season to continue to use that rationale for any Cubs starter.

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs-Brewers series and Kelly sits down with David Bote for a 1-on-1 chat about his whirlwind week. Leila Rahimi also catches up with MLB Network's Dan Plesac to get his thoughts on Javy Báez's place in the NL MVP race, how the Central division is shaping up and X-factors for the Cubs and Brewers down the stretch.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

Phil Rogers, Jim Litke and Harry Teinowitz join Kap on the panel. Joe Maddon tweaks the lineup and the Cubs offense explodes to beat the Brewers. Is Milwaukee still the Cubs’ biggest threat in the Central? And is Javy Baez still the Cubs’ MVP?

Plus Roquan Smith puts on the pads to practice but will he have them on in Week 1 at Lambeau?  

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