Chicago Cubs: Kris Bryant's grievance case update
|Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 10:07 AM- -|
Finally, after four years, there is closure.
"While the decision of Major League Baseball arbitrator Mark Irvings' ruling in favor of the team was long expected, sources said, it definitively locks in Bryant's value as Chicago considers trading him," Jeff Passan wrote. "With two seasons of team control, the Cubs can seek a far greater return than they could have had Bryant won and accelerated his free agency."
The decision will make Bryant a free agent after the 2021 season and not a year earlier. The official written findings will likely become public by the end of the week.
Bryant will be 30-years old during the winter when he will be able to test free agency.
The 3-time All-Star hit .281 with 31 homers and 77 RBIs this past season and will make $18.6 million in 2020.
During his five-year major league career, he has hit .284 with 138 homers and had a .901 OPS.
#Cubs relieved win arbitration case which dramatically increases trade value of 3B Kris Bryant now confirmed with 2yrs of control instead of one remaining. Teams like #Nationals #Braves can reengage now. Also means clubs will continue to option rookies out to start the year.— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) January 29, 2020
Well the Cubs front office finally has an official ruling on the Kris Bryant grievance. They have control over KB for the next two years. His value won’t be any higher than what it is RIGHT now. Today’s official ruling certainly helps the Cubs case if they have plans trading him.— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) January 29, 2020
Teams now have clarity in their trade pursuit for #Cubs Kris Bryant knowing they have two years of control.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 29, 2020
Yes...Cubs 3B Kris Bryant lost his grievance. Two years to go before he can be a free agent....yes, the Rangers are still looking for another big bat....yes, Todd Frazier said he us willing to play first base if needed....yes, Jon Daniels is pursuing all trade options...— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) January 29, 2020