Their #3 (overall) pick in last June's First Year Player Draft.
Apparently there is a new "hurry-up and get it done"
deadline too; which the Cubs and Vitters just sneaked under. As I read it any player drafted not a college senior (and thusly out of options educationally) who did not sign within what appears to be about 60 days after the draft goes into next years pool; the drafting team loses all rights.
Bummer. I'm not sure Tim Wilkens likes the new rule either:
" ... "It's the first time we've had this deadline, and I don't think I like the deadline," said Tim Wilken, the Cubs scouting director. ... "
Fortunately the two sides reached an agreement - just in time.
Vitters does not turn 18 for 9 more days:
Look at the picture in the MLB article and tell me Vitters and the evil "Bud" Selig (please do not take me too
seriously) do not look like father and son - same facial features and shape - same grin. Same nose - same everything. Poor kid.
In any case he could become an exceptional player - or be the next Earl Cunningham. I doubt the latter. Good to see him signed.