Kris Bryant and advisor Scott Boras are seeking a bonus greater than the 6.7MM assigned pick value, while the Cubs are hoping to sign him for just over 6MM, according to Heyman. The Cubs could spend as much as 7MM on Bryant without forfeiting draft picks for 2014, but they can also point to the fact that #1 pick Mark Appel signed for 6.35MM and #3 pick Gray signed for 4.8MM.
Bryant could follow the path that Appel took in 2012 and return to college, then return to the draft in 2014. The Cubs wouldn't be able to reallocate the money they'd planned to spend on Bryant, though they would receive a compensatory pick in next years draft. This was reported by Steve Adams of mlbtrderumors.com.
The Cubs FO should have known that this would happen. Boras had no leverage with Appel this year, but he does with Bryant. Rather then deal with Boras, they should have just gone for someone they could sign for a fair bonus. Now I don't know who is Gray's agent or Moran's, but this should have been a priority. Maybe these 2 would have been easier to sign.
Now we may not be able to sign our pick and this 2nd pick would be wasted. There are 2 choices; sign him after seeing how far Boras will go or take a step back in the rebuilding plan. Maybe we do sign him, but we should have known this was a risk we didn't have to take.