The Cubs wasted no time getting a deal done with top draft pick Albert Almora once they got their second-round pick done late last week.
Almora, a high school outfielder taken with the No. 6 overall pick, agreed to a $3.9-million bonus, according to a Baseball America report Monday - essentially the amount the Cubs could afford to pay without penalty of losing a future draft pick once second-round pick Duane Underwood's deal got done.
Almora confirmed the signing in multiple tweets Monday.
New, rigid restrictions on draft bonuses went into effect this year. To get to $3.9 million, the Cubs went about $400,000 over the limit MLB placed on their overall draft pool - triggering steep tax penalties on that amount but falling just short of the figure that would have cost a future pick.
Almora's No. 6 slot was valued by MLB at $3.25 million.