Chicago Cubs first-round pick Alex Lange had an issue come up with his physical on Monday, but the sides continue to talk about a deal that would presumably be less than the slot bonus value of $2,184,300 for the No. 30 pick, league sources tell FanRag Sports.
It’s unclear what the exact issue is with Lange’s physical, but it was enough where the two sides have to go back and discuss a new deal.
Lange, one of the few remaining unsigned first-round picks, is a power right-handed pitcher out of LSU. Some scouts view him as a reliever in the major leagues, although with the numbers he put up in college – 10-5, 2.97 ERA, 150/48 strikeout-to-walk ratio – the argument can be made for him being a starter.
If Lange fails to come to terms again with the Cubs, Chicago would have to offer Lange a certain percent of the slot to retain their rights to get a compensation pick for not signing him. What works against Lange not signing with the Cubs is he would be a senior, giving him less leverage in future draft negotiations.
What some have compared the situation to is recent draft prospect Kyle Funkhouser, who was drafted No. 35 overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015. While Funkhouser didn’t fail a physical with the Dodgers, he chose to go back to Louisville for his senior season and wound up being drafted in the fourth round by the Detroit Tigers, signing for a $750,000 bonus, much less than what he would have received in 2015 had he chosen to sign with the Dodgers.