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Maybe This Is Why The Cubs Can’t Win

They better start praying for some winsThis past Sunday, I did an Agent Spotlight on agent Mark Rodgers. One of his clients that was displayed is a man named Chris Huseby, an 11th round pick made by the Chicago Cubs in this years MLB draft. Well via Deadspin, who has linked to a Baseball America report, I was able to find out a couple of days ago that Chris Huseby has been granted the highest signing bonus for an 11th round pick in the history of major league baseball [Cubs Give 11th-Rounder Huseby Record Bonus]. After pitching only 5 innings in 4 appearances this spring, the Cubs decided they had seen enough to grant Huseby a $1.3 million bonus ($750,000 more than the previous highest bonus given to an 11th round pick).

Mark Rodgers must be feeling pretty nice right now as he also represents Jeff Samardzija, a 5th round pick by the Cubs who has been an amazing football player at Notre Dame. If he signs with the Cubs, he will also break a record for highest signing bonus in the round he was selected, with a $7.25 million signing bonus.

Good news for Mark Rodgers, and any other Sports Agent that lands a client with the Cash Money Cubs.

[tags]chicago cubs, huseby, samardzija, mark rodgers, signing bonus, mlb, baseball[/tags]

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

One reply on “Maybe This Is Why The Cubs Can’t Win”

Samardzija already signed. He’s been pitching in the minors for a few weeks. He doesn’t get the full bonus unless he gives up football and continues baseball (the bonus is pro-rated).

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