Matt Szczur already had one of the more intriguing backgrounds among 2010 draftees. Now the Cubs fifth-round pick has one of the most interesting contracts as well.
Szczur, a Villanova outfielder who officially signed a $100,000 bonus deal with the Cubs on July 2, is also a star wide receiver who helped the Wildcats win the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision national title last fall. He was named MVP of the championship game after amassing 270 all-purpose yards, and is a legitimate NFL prospect. His deal with Chicago will give him an additional $500,000 bonus–provided he declines to attend the NFL combine and makes a written commitment to baseball before Feb. 10, 2011. He also would have to pass an additional physical at that time.
Under MLB provisions for two-sport athletes, the Cubs can spread Szczur's bonus over multiple years.
In addition to his baseball and football prowess, Szczur also generated headlines in May when he donated bone marrow to a 1-year-old girl battling leukemia. Aaron Fitt covered that story here (BA online subscription required).
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