By Tim Polzer
July 10, 2013

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer was confident of signing Kris Bryant prior to Friday's deadline. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Cubs GM Jed Hoyer was confident of signing Kris Bryant prior to Friday's deadline. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

told MLB.com

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