7/8 Cubs, Bryant still talking
Friday is the deadline for the Cubs and first-round Draft pick Kris Bryant to finalize a deal. Bryant is one of five first-round picks who remain unsigned, joining Colin Moran (Marlins); Phil Bickford (Blue Jays); Hunter Renfroe (Padres); and Aaron Judge (Yankees).
“There’s no update,” GM Jed Hoyer said Monday. “We basically have four or five days left of discussions. We’re confident we’ll get it done. We’ll make it 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. Sometimes it takes a deadline to make a deal, and we have a deadline coming up shortly. In a lot of ways, I think it’s a plus at this point.”
Bryant was the second player taken overall in the June First-Year Player Draft. The third baseman starred at San Diego, hitting 31 home runs, and was named College Player of the Year.
— Carrie Muskat