According to a report from Gordon Wittenmyer, the Cubs are nowhere close to being concerned about not signing Kris Bryant. Wittenmyer’s report is in response to the report on Wednesday from Jon Heyman stating the Cubs and Bryant are nowhere close to a deal.
Wittenmyer correctly pointed out that Heyman’s report is pretty common this time of year and is more often posturing than anything else. Wittenmyer labeled the report as “non-news” which is accurate to a certain extent. Wittenmyer reiterated the Cubs have anticipated all along it would likely take until the July 12 deadline to get Bryant signed.
Gordon Wittenmyer explained that the Cubs could still give Kris Bryant the highest signing bonus in the draft without going over-slot due to the fact that Mark Appel received an under-slot bonus from Houston … Appel signed for $6.35 million.
Jon Heyman reported that Scott Boras is looking for something above the $6,708,400 slot allotted for the No. 2 pick while it is believed that the Cubs would like to sign Bryant for around $6 million. The Cubs could still give Bryant just a little more than Appel received in order to save a little bonus pool money for players they drafted after the tenth round.
Kris Bryant could return to the University of San Diego for his senior season but it is unlikely, as Wittenmyer pointed out, that he would be able to improve his stock next spring.