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Cubs, first-round pick not close to deal

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The Chicago Cubs and their top pick in the 2013 draft appear to be far apart in contract negotiations, according to reports.

Power-hitting third baseman Kris Bryant, the No. 2 pick overall, is one of the few first-round selections who have yet to sign. The deadline is July 15.

Bryant belted 31 home runs this year as the junior for the University of San Diego -- 10 more than anyone else in college baseball.

According to, Bryant is seeking around $6.7 million and the Cubs are offering about $6 million. He is represented by agent Scott Boras

The Houston Astros recently signed Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick, for $6.35 million.

Twenty-six of the 33 first-round selections in this year's draft have signed.

If Bryant and the Cubs fail to reach an agreement, he could return to San Diego for his senior season and take his chances in the 2014 draft.

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