Bryant Close to Signing...Ruins Deadline Drama

UPDATE: Bryant has indeed signed at slot value of $6,708,400, according to Sullivan. That would put the Cubs at $10,743,400 and $186,900 over and would still have $340,925 to play with before having to worry about losing a draft pick.


So a few weeks back, Jon Heyman must have been starved for a story or gets paid by the headline and decided to freak everyone out with some alarming piece about the Cubs and Bryant seemingly miles apart in negotiations. The rest of the sane world realized that this is Scott Boras and he'll wait until the last possible minute and get the most money he can out of the Cubs, but the odds were quite low that it wouldn't get done.

Lo and behold, Heyman is back today saying that the Cubs and Bryant are nearing a "record" deal. The deal isn't done yet and the details are scarce, but earlier reports were Bryant wanting over $6.7M which was the slot value, while the Cubs wanted to pay more in the $6M range. Now the Cubs can go as high as $7,049,325 by my calculations and still stay withing the 5% penalty that would cost them just a tax. Any higher and they start losing draft picks. BUT...they allegedly already signed 24th round pick Tyler Alamo and 12th round Trevor Clifton and both were expected to land deals over $100K which will go against the bonuss cap. An earlier story on Clifton's signing said he wanted 3rd round money and got it (anywhere between $490K to $747K). So it remains to be seen what Bryant will get, but I'm putting the over/under at $6.5M.

As for the "record' portion of the report, I'm not sure what that is in reference to. I believe Stephen Strasburg currently owns the bonus record at $7.5M and it's highly unlikely that the Cubs will top that because that would end up costing them a draft pick next year. Maybe it's a Cubs record that Mark Prior currently holds at $4M (although Soler received a $6M bonus, but he wasn't drafted). Or it's a record for baseball since they installed the cap, which Mark Appel currently owns at $6.35M. Why would the Cubs pay more for Bryant? Well leverage is the key, Appel had less as a college senior unless he wanted to try independent ball route that Luke Hochevar manuevered a few years back into a higher deal. Bryant though, as a college junior, could head back to San Diego and hope he gets picked #1 next year and get whatever #1 slot money is in 2014, which does adjust for inflation.

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Good news.

Bring him up!

/sorry Old and Blue

I second that emotion! Bryce Harper his ass

Glad that's done with. Let's get back to trading winning!

Right now, I'd rather get to trading. While winning is fun to watch, I am much more interested in the 2015+ team being stocked.

I shutter to think what our farm system would (still) look like if Hendry were still here. Nothing is certain, but I'm finally excited about the farm again.

Shutter?

(Sorry -- I love your posts AND you are a fellow Joe -- but I was feeling snarky today)

Haha. I'm extremely under the whether this weak. That's my excuse.

If Hendry was still here, Wrigley would be shuttered soon, from the utter lack of fans. There's some good stuff going on at the lower levels, and hey, even the big league club has a better record than last year's world series winner, so things are looking up a bit. I expect that to change once Soriano's hot streak ends, though.

Soriano and son out on the field early today. Just like Dempster last year...

http://twitter.yfrog.com/o0dswyjj?sa=0

Love this schoolyard stuff when it happens in the pro arena: http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=28723377&topi...

Only schoolyard about it was the 4th grade mentality of the hitter

Pena's pure joy was pretty schoolyard.

Oh yeah, that was cool.

I just can't stand Swisher

From the twitter box:

Travis Wood's Cutter: Changing Approach, Results
http://www.baseballanalytics.org/baseball-analytic...

4 batters, 4 runs, 0 outs...this cubs game kinda sucks in record time.

-edit- 6 batters, 5 runs...not 5 batters, 5 runs...

either way, it's over now...5 runs in top 1st. neat.

Can Bryant pitch?

And my father then christened him the Sausage Bopper

http://deadspin.com/hey-its-10-years-and-a-day-sin...

Matt Garza, rhp, Cubs: "He's the best pitcher on the marketplace. The stuff is good. But you hear various things about the makeup, and some people just aren't going to be convinced that he can stay healthy."

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/blog/danny-knobler/22...

Anyone have any thoughts on Garza's make up that would give teams pause? There was some stuff in TB a few years ago, but I thought that was old news.

garza's never going to live down his makeup/coachability issues it seems...especially for a guy that seems to know what he's doing and is willing to adjust.

he's not like many ball players...he's not going to go out and party with them. he wakes up in the morning hours before many players are hitting the snooze button for the first time.

he will put his family before the team 10 times out of 10 (which is probably why the cubs won't retain him unless they're willing to pay him top dollar), but he shows up ready to work, in shape to work...and unlike more than a few of his peers, excels at day games.

Hey crunch, I've heard this from you before and you seem pretty confident about it. I'm just curious where you go this info about Garza being an early riser and not a drinker. (The day/night splits are obviously available to all of us.)

i'm not saying he doesn't drink...but he's been long known as a guy who clears out of the clubhouse and back to the hotel room or back home to the family when the game and post-game stuff is over. his early-rising and early-to-the-park work ethic is a long known thing.

i guess it's one of those things that happens when you have your first kid while still in highschool (technically just after graduation), keep having kids, and you're not a deadbeat dad (married the girl, had 2 more kids). he is extremely family-centric. family comes first. when he went to college, his girlfriend (now wife) and the kid followed him there...he's never been absent from the whole family process.

it's not like he never goes out with the team or hangs out with them...he does...just not a whole lot.

he had a rep in min/tb of being a bit hardheaded with being coached, but he's had plenty of instances (from college, especially as a freshman, all through the minors and the bigs) where he obviously has done something to change his approach and turning it into a positive when negative results were being achieved.

Sometimes when you are the hard working one amongst a bunch of lazy asses, you get a bad rep. I learned this as a 20 something in an apathetic work place where the bare minimum was the norm.

I've heard some people don't like his rah rah bullshit too.....kinda like Nick Swisher, but not THAT annoying.

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Double post, dildos.

That's what happens to asshats like you who are way over hyper and trying to do too much. Triple posts! By god, man, take a valium!

I kid.

Dunno how baseballs evaluate make-up, but putting your family first sounds to me like a guy with his priorities straight.

it's probably a combo of his "family over everything" mixed with min/tb incidents of him being hard to coach...but it's not that level of "hard to coach" trevor bauer resides in (aka, trevor bauer knows what trevor bauer needs to do and the rest of you can deal with it or gtfo).

i honestly believe he'd sign with the marlins if they gave him the most money/years at this point...just out of a family financial security issue rather than caring about who can get him a ring. that said, that is just speculation...

Well, who's on "Scouts Corner"? If it's scouts from other teams in baseball that are in the market for adding players, part of their job description at this time of year seems to be to water down the value of known commodities on the trading block. I know I would not want my guys heaping extravagant praise on Garza this time of year. "The guy's a stud. Teams will be giving up their very best prospects for him. Maybe even three of them."

...and tonight we learn why a 100mph fastball isn't a shortcut to awesome.

0ip 3h 2bb 0k, 2r/2er

H. Rodriguez DFA watch begins...

Maybe Rodriguez sucks, but the guy had only pitched 1 inning in the last 16 days. It's tough for any pitcher to be effective with that kind of inactivity. Sveum's bullpen management is terrible.

Jeff Garland...drunk as all get out in the booth. That's quility television.

I've reached my lifetime Jeff Garland quota.

The over/under on his heart attack has to be less than 3 years.

valbuena playing LF subbing for soriano...k.bryant callup and soriano trade imminent.

"Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said that the club has discussed bringing back Scott Baker for next season."

well, he's earned it...wait...

Why not, double down!

interesting note by Rosenthal on MLB Network on the potential Biogenesis suspensions (and in this article)

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/biogenesis-ped-scandal-possible-suspe...

the suspensions wouldn't fall under failed PED rules, but "just cause"

suspensions would be announced with number of games and then players could appeal and keep playing. Appeals could take weeks or months. In PED cases, the suspensions are laid out depending on how often a player violated and appeals can be made before the suspension is made public.

I have a feeling this works out that no one significant ends up missing time in 2013.

A very cold shower is in order:

Javy Baez 0-for-17 since his opening HR at Tenn.

Is he too young for us to suggest a "slump buster"? It's probably more fun than a cold shower.

Bring him up!

All he needs is a change of scenery.

My 1-30 prediction looking pretty good

Indians prospect and soon-to-be Matt-Garza-trade-centerpiece Danny Salazar makes his MLB debut this afternoon, FYI.

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  • Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]

    Eric S 10 min 20 sec ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 44 min 22 sec ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 40 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 43 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 52 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 4 hours 35 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 9 hours 21 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 9 hours 22 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 19 hours 3 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 22 hours 1 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 22 hours 13 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 22 hours 22 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 22 hours 27 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 22 hours 46 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 23 hours 22 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 23 hours 39 min ago view