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.


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.


(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...

Love this schoolyard stuff when it happens in the pro arena:

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

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

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."

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.

Totally deleted!


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)

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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  • I know, man. What a season. 3rd best record in all of baseball, good enough to have won any division other than the one there in.

    With a win tomorrow, the Cubs will match their 2008 record. Bad omen, I know. If they do win, the most recent year in which the Cubs will have won more games would be 1945 (98-56), the last time they went to the World Series.

    I'll take that omen instead...

  • "oh yeah, and get the fuck off my lawn. :D"

    Ok, now that was funny. :)

  • KB 0-5 with 8 LOB. Really? He is torturing me with 99 RBI. He is also a very different hitter at home vs. road. I suspect most young hitters are.

  • Greinke still in for the 8th. 3 up, 3 down. After 8. 108 pitches, ERA still at 1.66 according to mlb boxscore and he's in line for a 19th win.

  • Greinke 95 pitches through 7. Gives up one run (solo HR to Hedges). ERA at 1.66. Doubt that they will let him give up 5 runs in the 8th.

    Dodgers ahead 2-1.

  • 96 wins with one game to go. Who woulda thunk it.

    Cubs 96 wins have clinched a better record than any AL team and the NL West/East division winners too.

  • cubs win, pirates lose...

  • the curse is now yours.

  • cog a HR away from the cycle after a single in the 6th.

  • Hendricks: 15 up, 15 down.

  • he strongly separates his post-playing career from his playing career, though he loves to visit the barrier of player and fan. many ex-players don't put up this barrier.

    he's not interested in going back to the clubhouse or pretty much anything field/game related, but he'll grab a ticket and observe with the fans and visit ex players on "neutral" ground. he's written 3 pieces for the new yorker and other pieces elsewhere. i remember one photo/bio piece he did, but don't remember where i read it (years ago).

  • ?
    I find your comments rather obtuse. He recognized he didn't want to pursue baseball anymore and went back to school to learn how to become a better writer - opening up a new chapter in his life.

    I don't know where you find a "sad disconnection" because he is writing about his experiences? He pursued a ball career for a long time so no doubt there is some meloncholy in his tone, but I just don't know what the fuck you are talking about.

  • he has an almost sad disconnection from the game based on his writings. even though he's "been there" (no matter how much of a minor role) he doesn't seem to feel like he belongs or deserves to belong in the boy's club.

    he seems to go to great lengths to enjoy the game from an arm's length while occasionally getting close enough for a high-5 from those who affirm him that he belongs.

  • I read that guy's article about why he quit baseball and it was really well done too. In terms of Rizzo, I have seen multiple references to how this is Rizzo's team just as much as Madden's and it makes that pick up that much better that we have someone that is not only a great player but a leader and all around great guy (been reading about all the charity work he does too). There is really nothing not to like about Rizzo.

  • Nice article on Rizzo

    Written by ex teammate

  • JD concurred with Ariettas second at bat