The Cubs are nearing a record-breaking deal with No. 2 overall draft pick Kris Bryant, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Bryant, the draft’s premier power hitter, reportedly could receive a signing bonus that tops the $6.35 million bonus No. 1 pick Mark Appel received from the Astros. The Twins gave high school outfielder Byron Buxton a $6 million bonus as last year’s No. 2 overall pick.
Bryant was named the 2013 Dick Howser Trophy winner as college baseball’s player of the year after hitting 31 home runs as a junior at the University of San Diego last season.
Though early reports had the Cubs and Bryant far apart in negotiations, general manager Jed Hoyer told MLB.com Monday that he was confident they would get a deal done before Friday’s signing deadline.