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No. 2 pick Kris Bryant “nowhere close to a deal” with Cubs.

Jun 26, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

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No. 1 pick Mark Appel has already signed, as have 3-4-5 picks Jonathan Gray, Kohl Stewart, and Clint Frazier, but Jon Heyman of reports that No. 2 pick Kris Bryant is “nowhere close to a deal” with the Cubs.

July 15 is the deadline for the Cubs to sign the San Diego slugger who nearly lapped the field with an NCAA-leading 31 homers this season and Heyman says he’s asking for more than the slot recommended $6.7 million bonus.

Bryant is represented by agent Scott Boras, who not surprisingly thinks his client should receive the draft’s highest bonus. As a junior Bryant has the same leverage as Mark Appel last season in that he can go back to school for his senior year, but the big difference is that Appel fell to No. 8 last year and passed on a $3.8 million offer from the Pirates. Bryant doesn’t have nearly as much to gain and a lot more to lose.

  1. alang3131982 - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    From what I’ve read on twitter, this isnt exactly accurate (or the CBS report isnt). Basically, Bryant is doing what Gausman did — waiting to be the last to sign to scoop up whatever remaining money teh Cubs have to pay draft picks — people in the know dont seem to be worried…or think there is anythign ehre

    • valarmorghuliss - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      Bryant isn’t getting more money in next years draft by not signing this year. Boras isn’t so dumb that he’s risking Bryant getting injured or having a poor season just to break even next year. Hell even if Bryant had another great year he might he be passed over in next years draft for the NC States Carlos Rondon and Trey Turner.

      He’s signing at some point with the Cubs

  2. tcostant - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    I betting the Cubs are offering less than No. 1 pick Mark Appel got, since he was the first pick. Problem is that was well below “slot”. In the end I think they agree on the recommended slot of $6.7 million bonus; which will be more than Appel got.

  3. worldseriestiger - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    I don’t think the Cubs are worried either, 2 top 10 picks next year if they don’t sign him, when they would have a good change to draft him again and offer him even less b/c his leverage is gone?

    The foresight that Epstein had to make sure the Cubs were terrible again this year just to underpay the #2 pick was incredible.

    • paperlions - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      A team can only re-draft a player if the player consents to it.

      • worldseriestiger - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        stop pointing out my plot holes!!!!!

  4. jason1214 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Nothing to see here. He’ll sign.

  5. Minoring In Baseball - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    Yeah, he’ll still sign, but still proves what a d/bag that Boras is.

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