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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, 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.

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