The Cubs could be on the verge of luring another two-sport college athlete to full-time duty as a baseball player.
Outfielder Matt Szczur, the Cubs' fifth-round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and a wide receiver at Villanova University, has verbally agreed to a $1.5 million contract, according to Baseball America.
The 21-year-old Szczur received a $100,000 signing bonus with the Cubs, which included permission to return to Villanova for his senior season. The contract also called for a $500,000 bonus if he committed to the Cubs in writing prior to the National Football League combine.
Cubs officials were not available for comment on Tuesday night.
After signing the day after the Draft in June, Szczur played for three of the Cubs' Minor League teams and began his professional career with a 21-game hitting streak. He spent most of the season with Class A Boise in the Northwest League.
Szczur had shorter stints for the Arizona Rookie League team and the Class A Peoria Chiefs in the Midwest League. Overall, he played in 25 games and batted .347 with a .414 on-base percentage and a .465 slugging percentage. He hit 10 doubles, one triple, scored 24 runs and collected 10 RBIs.
Four years ago, the Cubs lured pitcher Jeff Samardzjia from a potential NFL career, signing the former Notre Dame All-American wide receiver.
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