Monday, July 8, 2013
Latest on Bryant talks
By Doug Mittler
Friday is the deadline for the Chicago Cubs to agree to deal with third baseman Kris Bryant, taken second overall in the June draft.
Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said there is no update on the talks, but tried to sound optimistic. “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,” Hoyer tells MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat.
Less than two weeks ago, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com said the Cubs and Bryant were nowhere close to a deal.
Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick, signed with the Astros for $6.35 million and made his professional debut over the weekend. But Bryant, who hit 31 homers for the University of San Diego, is being advised by the hard-line Scott Boras, so these negotiations are never easy.