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Cubs sign No. 2 overall pick Kris Bryant for $6.7 million

Jul 10, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

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No. 2 overall pick Kris Bryant and the Cubs have agreed to a deal ahead of Friday’s deadline for draft picks to sign.

And despite all the headlines about Bryant holding out for more money than the Cubs were comfortable paying Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the San Diego third baseman will get a bonus worth $6,708,400. In other words he signed for the exact slot recommended bonus amount for the No. 2 pick, which is slightly more than the below-slot $6.35 million bonus Mark Appel got from the Astros at No. 1.

As an experienced college hitter who hit more homers than most NCAA teams this season Bryant should move pretty quickly through the Cubs’ farm system, perhaps even putting himself in position for a call-up at some point next season if things go well.

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    In other words he signed for the exact slot recommended bonus amount for the No. 2 pick.

    So they compromised? Excellent.

    [devil’s advocate]

    To quote the great Bill McNeal: “This idea is both fair and democratic. And I want no part of it. It reeks of communism.”

    $6,708,400 is a nice sum of money. But if I was Bryant, I would have demanded $6,708,401. Beyond showing the Cubs who’s boss, just think of all the things he could have bought with that extra dollar.

    [/devil’s advocate]

    • Reflex - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      News Radio quotes always get the thumbs up from me.

  2. norvturnersneck - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Good, now move Castro to 2B when he is ready to move up. The Cubs have a lot of young talent now.

    • Uncle Charlie - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      Why move Castro from ss for kid who probably won’t stay at 3b?

    • fatediesel - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      I’m not against moving Castro to 2B (or even the outfield), but the person they need to move him for isn’t Bryant, it’s their top prospect Javier Baez. Baez may be MLB ready by next year but he’s a shortstop so the Cubs are going to have to move either Castro or Baez to a new position unless they plan on trading Castro.

  3. holleywood9 - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I think they should be required to sign for their slot limits. Like football. It makes everything go smoother.

  4. Minoring In Baseball - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    It will be fun watching him move up the Cubs ladder. I wonder what level they’ll start him at.

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