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Cubs “confident” they’ll get a deal done with Kris Bryant

Jul 8, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

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With only five days remaining until the deadline to sign this year’s draft picks the Cubs and No. 2 overall pick Kris Bryant are still negotiating.

Here’s what general manager Jed Hoyer told Carrie Muskat of

There’s no update. We basically have four or five days left of discussions. We’re confident we’ll get it done. We’ll make it an exceptionally fair offer. If Kris wants to be a Cub and be a professional baseball player, I’m confident we’ll get a deal done. Sometimes it takes a deadline to make a deal, and we have a deadline coming up shortly. In a lot of ways, I think it’s a plus at this point.

The slot recommended bonus for the No. 2 pick is $6.7 million, but as of two weeks ago there were reports of the two sides being “nowhere close to a deal” as Bryant tried to exceed that amount. As a junior he could always go back to San Diego for another season, but it’ll be very difficult for Bryant to improve upon his ridiculous numbers this year and it’s pretty hard to move up a whole lot higher than the No. 2 pick anyway.

  1. skids003 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Boras is his agent. ‘Nuff said.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      ’nuff said?

  2. paperlions - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    The Cubs are already $186,900 over budget and have signed all of their other picks from the first 10 rounds. There is only so much they can offer without forfeiting future draft picks, which they won’t do. There is really only a tiny amount of wiggle room within the context of the amount over slot they can go without incurring the draft pick penalty. Bryant must be pushing for every penny up to that threshold.

    • jdd428 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Why did they go over budget on the rest of the class when they know Bryant/Boros won’t take less than slot (despite what Appel signed)? He shouldn’t be asking more than the slot value and they shouldn’t be offering less. This is just stupid. SIGN ALREADY!

      • paperlions - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        They can go up to 5% over their total budget and only pay monetary penalties. Meaning the Cubs can go up to $527,825 over their budget and “only” pay a 75% tax on that overage. If they go over that…they pay a tax and lose a pick (or picks, depending on the amount). They went over on the others because they think those guys are good players too….and because even slot money for the #2 pick would be good money for Bryant. He probably wouldn’t have been signed for even that if it wasn’t for the slotting system. Top picks rarely for more than $5M….Harper only signed for $6.25M in 2010.

      • jdd428 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        Yeah, but Appel signed for $6.3 and the No. 2 slot is $6.7; so what Harper signed for three years ago is irrelevant. They know the agent they’re dealing with and they know what he and Bryant expect. Quit trying to bully him into $6.0 when the slot is $6.7. Offer like $6.5 or $6.6; be willing to go all the way to the $6.7 and if Boros/Bryant still insist on going over slot, then tell him to go back to the Toreros.

      • paperlions - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        There isn’t any evidence they are offering him less than slot, is there? I think you are making a huge assumption there. They could be offering him exactly slot, or over $7M (and still incur nothing but monetary penalties)….and it could be Bryant/Boras trying to bully the Cubs.

  3. sickcub - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    It would be a big blow if they do not sign him

    • paperlions - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Meh, they get the #3 next year, which is supposed to be a better draft anyway. It won’t be ideal…but teams can make out okay. The Pirates did great in this years draft having the extra pick from not signing Appel. They lost a year of development time, and that was all…not the end of the world.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        Considering how often prospects crash and burn I doubt Pirates management lost sleep over that lost year.

  4. uwsptke - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Well thank goodness my Brewers had the foresight to sign Kyle Lohse to a $33 mil deal and forfeit their first round pick so they don’t have to deal with any of this nonsense.

  5. jeffa43 - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Love it…. He is going to go #1 to the Stros next year. We worked it out with Boras the rat, when we signed Appel…

    Stros in 2015! At least we will start delivering some thumpings, it will be like playing the halos all the time.

    • valarmorghuliss - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      If the Astros would draft Bryant #1 next year over Rondon they are in bigger trouble than anyone realizes.

  6. 13arod - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Why does he not sign who whouldnt want to play with the cubs

  7. valarmorghuliss - Jul 8, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    zero chance he doesn’t sign

    • jeffbbf - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      seems logical. Bryant probably can’t do better next year as a senior as he would basically have no leverage aside from his potential. And, his chances of putting together another .329/.493/.820 line are not great as I’m guessing every pitcher would be gunning for him and he would be pressing very hard to improve his leverage in the 2014 draft. From the Cubs’ standpoint, maybe they’d rather wait for next year for a make-up pick – instead of spending $7 million on a kid with a great college bat and an average to a below-average glove who will probably have to end up at 1b – where they have Rizzo, who is only 2 years older.

      • valarmorghuliss - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:42 PM

        My guess is he ends up in RF but could stick at 3B, I mean Miggy plays 3rd.

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