I know Appel is considered on of the top two picks in the draft and is likely damn good and a potential star. I give him his due.
At the same time, I don't want the Cubs drafting him because he is a Borass client. Yes, I will give him his due also, he gets a lot of money for his players, he does his job.
Now to my point.
Baseball is a team game. No single player is more important than the team. The Rangers overpaid for ARod they finally had to unload him to the Yankees and eat a good bit of his salary in the process. The player got a great contract and he is the best player in the game at the time. That fact notwithstanding, the team could not function with him eating up so much of their payroll.
If the Cubs draft Appel, some folks feel they can give him a take it or leave it offer, and then go sign the rest of their draft choices so there is no other money available for him. That is all true, but what if he leaves it? What if he walks and signs with an independent minor league team? As bad as the Cubs have been for generations, you only have a few opportunities for the second overall pick. Why take a chance on him not signing?
Even if he signs, Boras has a history of waiting until the last minute hoping for a shakedown. Last year the Pirates thought they put a fair offer on the table and they walked away. Would he doing it again? No one knows for sure.
The Cubs need a whole lot of good players. It is not as if one college kid is going to put them over the top. There are other good players available at the Cub draft position who will likely become starters and all stars who they know they can sign for the slot price. Why take the risk on Appel?
So far it was noted that the Cub brass was in OK meeting with Bryant, or whatever the kid's name is that is supposed to be in the same class as Appel. Unless Appel and his agent give the Cubs some indication that want to sign quickly at the slotted amount so he can get on with his career, i would pass.
You can draft a good kid as #2 that you know you can sign or one who has a history of not doing so. What is better? I'll take the bird in the hand and let some other team put up with Borass' games.