7/10 Cubs and Bryant – UPDATED
The Cubs and first-round Draft pick Kris Bryant have agreed to a deal with a signing bonus of $6.7 million, pending a physical. The contract could be formally announced Thursday or Friday. The Cubs had no official comment.
Bryant’s bonus will top Mark Appel’s $6.35 million deal with the Astros. Byron Buxton received the highest bonus last year, $6 million, from the Twins.
Bryant’s season ended in early June, and once the Cubs get the third baseman signed, he would report to their facility in Mesa, Ariz., to work out before he would be assigned to a Minor League team.
“We would need to get a feel for how rusty he is,” GM Jed Hoyer said. “Once we get a feel for his conditioning, we’ll figure out exactly what the right path is. Certainly, he’ll start out at the very low levels [in the Minors]. We’re hopeful he can move quickly through those.”
Bryant, 20, was the second pick overall in the June Draft. He was considered the best power college bat in the Draft, and led the nation in home runs (31), runs scored (80), walks and slugging percentage (.820). In 62 games, he batted .329 with 13 doubles and 62 RBIs. The third baseman received the Dick Howser trophy as the 2013 College Player of the Year.
– Carrie Muskat