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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Cubs 3B Bryant: No hard feelings on losing grievance

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant realized all along his service-time grievance against the team would be tough to win, and he still believes how he handled himself might help players in the future.

The 28-year-old Bryant will be eligible for free agency in two years after arbitrator Mark Irvings ruled against the third baseman last month. If Bryant had been successful, he could have become a a free agent after the 2020 season.

Irvings’ decision was applauded by Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.

“I just saw this as a process that is eventually going to help the players in the next round of negotiating and I was going to be that guy to have the courage to do it,” Bryant said Saturday, speaking to reporters for 35 minutes upon his arrival in Cubs camp.

Mind you, it’s not like he can admit at this point that the minute free agency comes along he’s out the door…..

 

QLE Posted: February 16, 2020 at 01:22 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cubs, grievances, kris bryant

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   1. majorflaw Posted: February 16, 2020 at 10:22 AM (#5924715)
“it’s not like he can admit at this point that the minute free agency comes along he’s out the door…..“

And why not? Nothing preventing him from making it clear that he will always hold a grudge against the Cubs if he wants to. But:

1. He’s likely to stay in Chicago for the next two years, or most of it anyway. Publicly announcing his grievance vs the organization might make his stay less pleasant. If he is so aggrieved by his treatment by the Cubs that he wouldn’t consider signing a long term deal with them he will have that opportunity in two years, and

2. When he does become a free agent it’s in his own best interests to have thirty potential suitors, rather than twenty-nine. Just in case he isn’t all that aggrieved by the Cubs treatment of him and would seriously consider signing a long term deal with them, for the right price.

   2. Do Not Touch Fancy Pants Socially Distanced Handle Posted: February 16, 2020 at 11:08 AM (#5924721)
1. He’s likely to stay in Chicago for the next two years, or most of it anyway. Publicly announcing his grievance vs the organization might make his stay less pleasant.

I mean that part pretty much answers your "and why not?" imo. Doing so would be cutting off your nose to spite your face. No sense in making your own life more miserable, just because you are upset about something.

2. When he does become a free agent it’s in his own best interests to have thirty potential suitors, rather than twenty-nine. Just in case he isn’t all that aggrieved by the Cubs treatment of him and would seriously consider signing a long term deal with them, for the right price.

Even if he is 100% positive, that he never wants to play for the Cubs again, as soon as he is clear. It still benefits him, to have them as a bidder. That's kind of how bidding woks. One party forces the other party to bid higher. So the more bidders you have, the better. Even if you are going to take the second highest offer, if the party you don't like wins.
   3. send the 57i66135 over with flamethrowers Posted: February 16, 2020 at 12:00 PM (#5924729)
sucker.
   4. Red Voodooin Posted: February 16, 2020 at 03:29 PM (#5924755)
Extend him, Theo.
   5. WKRP in Cincinnatus Posted: February 16, 2020 at 09:43 PM (#5924796)
Make him a Cub for life!

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