• My Scores
  • Golf
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • NFL Draft
Baseball Insider

Cubs close to deal with No. 2 overall pick Kris Bryant

The Cubs are very close to signing No. 2 overall pick Kris Bryant, the big power hitter from the University of San Diego, CBSSports.com has learned.

Though the deal isn't officially done, the sides are on the way to completing it with the slugging third baseman. The agreement is expected to be for the $6.7-million slot figure, which makes it the record bonus for any pick under the new system, as Jim Callis of Baseball America suggested.

Bryant will top No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel's $6.35 million deal this year with his hometown Astros. Byron Buxton, a prep outfielder from Georgia, received the highest bonus in te first year of the new system with more-defined slots last year, $6 million from the Twins, also as the No. 2 overall pick. The slot value assigned to the No. 2 pick this year was precisely $6.708 million. The vast majority of the top 15 picks have signed below slot, however.

Bryant had a monster junior season, hitting 31 homers at the University of San Diego. The Cubs are trying to garner assets for the future, and they have a superb stash of talented position players, including shortstop Javier Baez and outfielders Jorge Soler and Albert Almora, as well as many others.

The signing deadline is Friday.

 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre

mlb Video

April 24, 2014
Cubs lose on Wrigley's big day (2:19)
1 April 23, 2014
Jim Rome: Pujols hits 500th home run
(1:21)
2 April 23, 2014
MLB power rankings: 4/23
(3:54)
3 April 23, 2014
Albert Pujols reaches 500 home runs
(4:07)

Latest

Most Popular

CBSSports.com Shop

New Era Atlanta Braves MLB 2014 On-Field Clubhouse 39THIRTY Flex Ha

New Era Hats
Get your team now!
Shop Now