The Cubs announced on Wednesday the two sides agreed to a contract extension covering the 2020-2024 seasons, with club options for 2025 and 2026. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported on the financial details of the $15 million extension:
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#Cubs sign David Bote to 5-year, $15 million extension through 2024 with 2 options.He’ll get $50k bonus atop of his $561,500 salary this year; 950k in 2020;$1M in 2021;$2.5M in 2022;$4M in 2023;$5.5M in 2024; $7M club option or $1M buyout in 2025;$7.6M or 500k buyout in 2026
ESPN's Jesse Rogers shared a clip of Bote's reaction to staying in Chicago through 2024:
"My response was, well, the fact that they even brought it up was something special. That they haven't done anything like this with anybody else means a lot, shows the faith they have in me. They've obviously seen for the last seven years the work that I've put in, and that doesn't stop now.
"It just provides even more incentives to continue to work, and obviously, the end goal is still to win the World Series. Still be the best at the end of the day. And to be on this club with these guys with that front office, I can't ask for anything better."
When Chicago won its first World Series since 1908 in 2016, the 25-year-old played for three different minor league squads across Class A, Double-A and Triple-A ball within the Cubs organization. The Cubs drafted Bote in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB draft.
Bote made his major league debut last season and appeared in 74 games, hitting .239 with six home runs and 33 RBIs. In four games this season, Bote has a .364 batting average across 13 plate appearances.
Defensively, Bote is versatile. In 2018, he played 56 games (42 starts) at third base but also appeared at second base (13 games, four starts), first base, shortstop and left field.
This season, Bote has played three games at second and one at third.
Kris Bryant is the Cubs' star third baseman, and that's not going to change. However, Javier Baez has made the shift from second base to shortstop as Addison Russell serves his 40-game suspension for violating the league's domestic violence policy.
It seems, at least in the early going, that Bote is going to fill the newly created void at second in Russell's absence.
Bote turns 26 on Sunday.