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Bryant deal in holding pattern near deadline

7/8/2013
AP photo/Lenny Ignelzi

CHICAGO -- With a July 12 deadline approaching both sides of the negotiations with Chicago Cubs top draft pick Kris Bryant are hopeful a deal can be reached, but nothing is imminent.

"There's no update," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday morning. "With four or five days left, we're confident we'll get it done. We'll make him 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."

Bryant was the No. 2 overall choice in last month's amateur draft and is being advised by super-agent Scott Boras.

"There's a few questions marks they're trying to button up," a source close to Bryant said. "This has not been adversarial whatsoever."

The source claims things are in a "holding pattern" right now but expects movement before the Friday deadline to sign draft picks. Otherwise Bryant could return to San Diego for his senior season and re-enter the draft next summer. That's not likely to happen -- though it did with this year's top pick Mark Appel who was also represented by Boras when he returned to school after being drafted No. 8 in 2012.

"These things work themselves out," the source said.

Hoyer declined commenting on the negotiations but believes the July 12 deadline would help moved things along.

Bryant hit .329 with 31 home runs and 62 RBI this season for San Diego.