Great draft-related news for the Chicago Cubs: it looks like the Cubs have signed seventh round pick – and Great One son – Trevor Gretzky.

Gretzky, thought to be pretty set on attending San Diego State in the fall (to play baseball for Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn), decided to sign with the Cubs earlier this week, according to the Toronto Sun.

The signing has not been confirmed by the Cubs, but a generic announcement of the signing, and a corresponding placement of Gretzky in the minor league system should be forthcoming. The amount of the signing may not be announced for a while, though – the amount of overslot deals is often kept under wraps until the August 15 signing deadline (MLB doesn’t want dramatically overslot bonuses to disrupt the market). Of course, money is probably not a primary concern for Gretzky, but it would be interesting to learn the level of the Cubs’ commitment to getting him signed.

Gretzky is a 6’4″, 180 first baseman who was coming back from a shoulder injury in his senior season. He was believed to be a first three round talent, but slipped due to signability/injury concerns.

The Cubs’ draft was weighted heavily on these kind of kids – ones who were top talents, but for whom a significant signing bonus was going to be necessary to sign them. If the Cubs can ink a few more of them – kids like Dan Vogelbach, Shawon Dunston, Jr., Dillon Maples, for example – the team’s draft is going to be lauded as one of the best in baseball.

  • Baez

    When are they going to sign me????

    • Brett

      Not to be glib, but some time before the August 15 deadline. No one seems to be concerned (I think he’s a Boras-advised kid, so it’s just going to take a while).

      • EQ

        is it possible that Scott Boras is the highest paid person in all of baseball? wow..

  • Ron

    Quick question for Fishin Phil and toosh, how the heck do you find this stuff? I mean who reads the Toronto Sun? For Ace I can almost understand it is his job but….the Toronto Sun?

    • Toosh

      Finding it is easy, reading it is another, eh. All newspapers in Canadia read from right to left.

      • Ron

        Thought that was just here in Jordan, those damn squigley lines. They never mention the Cubs though, go figure.

      • TWC

        Heh. Very funny, Ray-Bob.

  • Fishin Phil

    What can I say, it’s a slow day at work today.

  • pfk

    Just another example of Ricketts’ financial commitment to build the farm system. This never happened before and is very aggressive and will payoff down the line in a big way.

  • http://BleacherNation Bric

    Jeff Samardjia part II: Big name, big signing bonus, big expectations, and big hair. Can’t they just focus on talent without all the hype? Hendry’s P.R. machine just keeps on rolling…

    • Brett

      2015 Headline: “Cubs Finally Win NLCS”

      Bric: “Freaking Brian Cashman is just trying to save his ass. They won’t even win the World Series. And it took them SIX games to win the NLCS.”


  • Toosh

    Agreed. With the Cubs, any move seems to be about the publicity or the bottom line. Winning? What’s another century or so?

  • Caleb

    Ok… he DOES kind of look like Samardzia.

    • TWC

      Dudes with long hair are above reproach.

      Just sayin’.

      • Caleb

        1980 called- they want their motto back.

        • TWC

          I’m crushed, Caleb. But I’m still above reproach.

      • hcs

        The Dude abides.

  • CubsFanatic

    Brett, 2015 is the year the Cubs win the World Series. Not just the NLCS. So sayeth Back to the Future!

    • Jeff

      It also says they beat the Marlins in the series, so are you predicting radical re-alignment within the near future?

  • CubFan Paul

    Oooh Nooo Brett!!!

    Ramirez has been told he wont be traded!! (i like this move personally because we cant replace him this year or next but i know you’re gonna shit bricks)

    “In related news, multiple sources said Aramis Ramirez recently met with Cubs management and the message conveyed by Ramirez’s camp was that the third baseman wants to stay in Chicago and would not waive his no-trade clause.”

    or i guess he said dont trade me, either way “damn” for you

    • Brett

      Easy now. That doesn’t say he’s been told he won’t be traded. It says what he’s said in the media all along.

      You are correct, however, that I will be quite bummed if he is not moved. But, as he said – he’s earned the right to turn a trade down.

      • Jeff

        I saw the A-Ram story and thought nothing of it, because it’s basically just a rehash of the past couple of weeks. The real story seems like pretty good news. The Cubs can’t be expecting much in the way of prospects and are willing to eat a large part of his salary, why wouldn’t an AL team take a flyer on Soriano as DH the rest of the year? It opens an outfield spot, improves the defense pretty much by default, and his production over the last month or two is very easily replaced.

  • ry

    Question of the day if allowed: Are you rooting for the cubs to win always or is a part of you rooting for the cubs to lose to assure that quade and hendry do in fact get fired??

    • TWC

      I think that if you’re a Cubs fan, you want your team to win. Always.

    • Laura

      Personally, I’d like to see the Cubs win and STILL give Hendry & Quade the boot. They still have their jobs after consistently crappy decisions. Why not turn the tables if wins are produced, replace them with Maddux & Ryno, and give the new guys the credit for all the success? It’s as logical as any of the other choices made so far.

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    “In related news, multiple sources said Aramis Ramirez recently met with Cubs management and the message conveyed by Ramirez’s camp was that the third baseman wants to stay in Chicago and would not waive his no-trade clause.”. Great news..iam really happy about this ..and he’s open to an extension

    • TWC

      Ramy16, baby, I love you. You know this, right? You’ve got a persistence that’s both mind-boggling and endearing. But I gotta ask, do your friends get as fed up with your one-track mind as I do?

      You kids sit down for a pint, someone makes an off-hand reference to the Cubs, and you start off on your sign-Ramirez-forever tangents… Your pals ever slap you? Or do they just try to change the subjuct to something innocuous, like Care Bears or some shit?

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    Nope TWC…iam also a die hard Bears fan as well…I did the same for Lance Briggs..iam a huge fan of his as well..however I know Aramis on a personal level!

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    I advocated for Lance Briggs during his contract year

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    But with our Cubs sucking this year..iam ready for my Bears to play! Lock out is over..thank God

    • Toosh

      The lockout’s not over yet. The owner’s tried screwing the players over yet again by approving a version of the CBA that the players hadn’t agreed to. Typical ownership. They also cost the NFL Hall of Fame the induction weekend game. The fans are the ones that lose.

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    Brett any news of Baez signing yet?

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    Actually TWC…if you don’t like my one track mind then why are you here? This isn’t the situation

    • Joe

      He’s here because he cares about the whole team and not just the third-baseman. And didn’t you just say that you’ve gotten his autograph a couple times?

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    Actually Joe..several times…at 10 different autographs from aramis..also I do love my cubs and care about the whole team..aside of him being my favorite player..why would you trade your best rbi guy for the last 5 years..even when he’s hurt he still lead the trading aramis you leave a huge hole at 3rd you want vitters there? Dewitt?..if we are going to trade him we need a major league ready 3rd baseman now..not 2 or 3 years later..we’ve been hoping and praying that Vitters developes..hes been in the minors since 2007 and hasn’t gotten past AA…I do Eduardo Nunez of the Yankees and versatility

    • MichiganGoat

      Since when does ten autographs equal knowing someone on a “personal level!”. Wouldn’t you admit that until Ramirez is gone we will not be able to evaluate or develop someone at 3B. It’s time to move on, you can still be a fan of him on another team. Maybe he’ll go on and win a WS ring somewhere and you can enjoy his success like I did when Grace won with Arizona.