BATON ROUGE, La. — Alex Lange is officially “former LSU pitcher Alex Lange” after agreeing to a contract with the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
Multiple media outlets reported that Lange agreed to a signing bonus of $1.925 million, which is $259,000 below the slot value allotted for the 30th overall pick in the MLB Draft.
Friday was the deadline for 2017 draft picks to sign, and the announcement of Lange’s signing did not come until after the 5 p.m. ET deadline. Because the sides took so long to agree to terms, there was speculation early Friday afternoon that Lange might return to LSU for his senior season. Chicago reportedly lowered its offer due to the results of Lange’s physical exam on Monday.
With Lange’s departure now official, the Tigers will be starting next year’s weekend pitching rotation from scratch. Jared Poché had already signed with the Oakland Athletics organization and Sunday starter Eric Walker will miss next year after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow.
Lange was LSU’s Friday night starter in 2017, helping lead LSU to the College World Series. He was 10-5 with a 2.97 ERA. Lange struck out 150 and walked 48 batters in 124.1 innings.
Lange is the last of eight LSU players to sign his contract after being drafted last month. Poché, catcher Michael Papierski, right fielder Greg Deichmann, shortstop Kramer Robertson, second baseman Cole Freeman, pitcher Hunter Kiel and pitcher Doug Norman had already agreed to contracts with their respective clubs.