Chicago Cubs’ infielder David Bote caught the Major League Baseball by storm last season when he managed to hit a walk-off grand slam against Washington Nationals. This, combined with some other remarkable performances in his rookie season, has now encouraged the Cubs to reward Bote with a new deal.
The Cubs announced on Wednesday that they had signed Bote to a five-year extension through 2024. The contract is reportedly worth $15 million and includes team options for 2025 and 2026, which are reportedly worth $7 million and $7.6 million respectively.
“David is somebody who has worked extremely hard to be in this position,” – said Cubs president Theo Epstein. “Going forward, we know he’s going to work as hard as anyone in the game.”
David Bote represents a real success story as he had to work hard even to get a chance to play on the big stage. Cubs drafted him in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB Draft, and he spent more than six years in the minors before being called up to the majors.
Bote ended up playing 74 games with the Cubs in 2018 and finished the year with .239 batting average, six home runs and 33 RBIs.
“It’s a crazy, long story,” – said Bote after inking the deal. “Just super humbled and grateful.”