• When the Cubs signed first-round Draft pick Kyle Schwarber under the slot, they hoped to use the extra money toward the prep pitchers selected in the First-Year Player Draft. On Monday, there were reports that the team had reached agreement with two of their picks, including high school left-hander Carson Sands. Sands has reportedly signed for $1.1 million; the money slotted for the 109th pick was $480,600. The Cubs also have reportedly agreed to terms with 11th-round pick Jordan Brink, a right-handed pitcher. He reportedly received a $100,000 bonus. Both players need to undergo physicals before the deals will be announced by the team.
• Double-A Tennessee's Kris Bryant hit 16 home runs, including four in the final round, to win the Southern League Home Run Derby Monday night in Chattanooga. Bryant, who will start at third base and bat third for the North Division in Tuesday's All-Star Game, beat Mobile's Jonathan Griffin in the final round.
• Renteria played for the Marlins from 1993-94, and the Cubs manager earned the nickname "The Secret Weapon" for his versatility and pinch-hitting ability.
"They're great memories," Renteria said of his days with the team. "At that time, being a new club here in Miami, the ballpark was packed, and there was excitement for the team, and it was a lot of fun, lot of energy."
Renteria played second, third and left field for the Marlins, and batted .250 in two seasons.
• Class A Kane County completed one of the most successful halves of a season in the 24-year history of the franchise, compiling a 45-25 record. Only the 2001 Cougars, which won the Midwest League championship and included present-day Major Leaguers Miguel Cabrera and Adrian Gonzalez, have won more games in one half of a season with 47 wins in the first half that year.
Playoff tickets go on sale Thursday, starting at 9 a.m. CT. The Cougars open the playoffs on Sept. 3.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.