Wednesday, July 10, 2013
AP sources: Cubs, No. 2 pick Bryant agree to deal
CHICAGO -- Two people familiar with the situation say the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a deal with No. 2 draft pick Kris Bryant.
Bryant will receive a $6,708,400 signing bonus -- the slot value assigned to the selection. It is the highest amount of any draft pick in the two years since restraints were imposed on spending in the amateur draft.
The people spoke Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced. Several outlets had reported the agreement.
A 6-foot-5, 210-pound third baseman from the University of San Diego, Bryant led Division I college players with 31 home runs as a junior last season. He is a Golden Spikes finalist.
The Cubs wouldn't confirm the agreement.
General manager Jed Hoyer did say "strictly hypothetically" Bryant would start out at "the very low levels" of the minors and hopefully "move quickly through those."
Stanford pitcher Mark Appel, taken by Houston with the top pick, agreed to a $6.35 million signing bonus last month, under the slot value of $7,790,400.
AP Sports Writer Bernie Wilson in San Diego contributed to this report.