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Cubs top pick already playing hardball


08:17 AM ET 06.06 | At this rate, rebuilding won't be easy in Chicago. The No. 6 pick in the draft is slotted at $3.25 million under the new Major League Baseball draft rules, but Cubs' first-round pick Albert Almora appears to be looking for more. ... Almora is being advised by super-agent Scott Boras, who is trying to get his client the most money possible, using college as leverage. The Cubs have a bonus pool of $7,933,900 for their 12 picks in the first 10 rounds, but teams can spread their money around and still stay below the total budget. It figures to be a difficult signing for Cubs President Theo Epstein, who was looking for an impact player, but now has to deal with an impact agent with a history of playing hardball. Almora said he's "sure" he's ready to play in the majors.

Chicago Tribune

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June 6, 2012  08:29 AM ET

Boras sucks.........

Of course, and so do the Cubbies. It's a match made in Suck Heaven.

June 6, 2012  08:45 AM ET

Something's gotta give with the MLB draft. It's hard enough to project talent as it is already. Having to deal with this mess of projecting whether or not they'll sign based on the league appointed is ridiculous. If a player enters the draft, they should really be declared ineligible to play college.

June 6, 2012  09:33 AM ET

Theo has had plenty of experience dealing with Boras.

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June 6, 2012  09:41 AM ET

'Almora said he's "sure" he's ready to play in the majors.'

Well that's nice. Too bad playing in the majors doesn't depend on your opinion, draftee.

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June 6, 2012  10:17 AM ET

That's what's tough about the MLB draft...guys can always decide to go to college and could get drafted every year, giving themselves a better chance to end up in a better position. Meantime a team really in need of talent wasted a prime draft choice only to be told to either pay through the nose or go without yet again.

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June 6, 2012  10:29 AM ET

I have little sympathy for either side in this.

June 6, 2012  10:30 AM ET

To me in the baseball draft there is no such thing as a impact player. All of these kids see the big money being handed to MLB players and in their minds they think they deserve the same kind of money. Agents are ruining MLB and no seems to want to stop them from doing so.

June 6, 2012  10:31 AM ET

Well Obama was "sure" he'd be a good President and we see how that played out........."opining" and "DOING" are two VASTLY different things.Personally, I think he should have to serve a two year stint picking coffee beans in Guatemala before playing in the bigs.

You seriously have to let it go. It was funny maybe the first couple of times, but you've really lost it since.

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June 6, 2012  10:42 AM ET

Boras is the Devil

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June 6, 2012  10:47 AM ET

Boras is the Devil

The devil you know, the devil you don't know are the owners who are making lots of money.

June 6, 2012  10:52 AM ET

Theo has had plenty of experience dealing with Boras.

I bet he'd rather be sitting in the dentist's chair than dealing with Boras.


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