Friday's deadline to sign draft picks is closing in and the Cubs still are waiting on third baseman Kris Bryant, the No. 2 overall pick.

“What we basically have now is 4-5 days left of discussions,” general manager Jed Hoyer said. “We’re confident we’ll get it done. We’re going to make him an exceptionally fair offer, and I think if Kris wants to be a Cub and be a professional baseball player, I’m confident we’ll get a deal done.

“Sometimes it takes a deadline to make a deal, and we have a deadline coming up shortly. In a lot of ways, I think that’s a plus at this point.”

After being drafted, Bryant said he felt as though he could play in the majors right away. Two weeks ago, Bryant was asked if he would return to the University of San Diego if he didn’t like the Cubs’ offer.

“I absolutely would,” he told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I’ve had such a good time there. I got better every year. (Former Stanford pitcher Mark) Appel went back to school and it turned out to be an awesome situation.”

Appel went back into the draft after turning down Pittsburgh's offer in 2012, and was made the No. 1 selection of Houston, getting a $6.35 million signing bonus.

“I could definitely be that guy,” Bryant said.

But Bryant stands to make around $6 million from the Cubs, so it’s hard to see how he would benefit much financially by returning to college for another year. If he did, the Cubs would get the No. 3 pick in next year’s draft.