Cubs put finishing touches on draft class with Cease signing

Cubs put finishing touches on draft class with Cease signing
July 4, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Tony Andracki

The Cubs' big-picture plan for the 2014 MLB Draft has come to fruition.

After surprising some with the selection of Kyle Schwarber No. 4 overall, it was reported the Cubs were trying to get Schwarber signed quickly and underslot to give the team more room to work with later in the draft.

That's exactly what happened, as Schwarber was crushing baseballs in short-season Boise less than two weeks after being drafted and signed for $1.5 million under slot.

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The final domino of the draft fell Friday as the Cubs have reportedly agreed to a deal with sixth-round pick Dylan Cease, a high-profile high school right-hander with first-round talent and a looming Tommy John surgery:







Cease's reported signing bonus of $1.5 million is well over slot, which was valued at $269,500.

Between Cease and the pair of high school left-handers the Cubs took in the fourth and fifth rounds - Carson Sands and Justin Steele - the organization spent nearly $3 million over slot to sign the trio.

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It helps that the Cubs saved roughly $2 million from the deals signed by Schwarber, second-round pick Jake Stinnett, third-rounder Mark Zagunis and seventh-rounder James Norwood.



The Cease signing means the Cubs have signed all of their picks in the first 10 rounds.