Bryant not interested in early extension with Cubs


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Bryant not interested in early extension with Cubs

The Chicago Cubs signed third baseman Kris Bryant to a record-setting pre-arbitration salary of 1.05 million (raise from $652K) before the start of the 2017 baseball season. He is the highest-paid player in the second year of service time in major league history as his deal surpassed the previous record major league record of outfielder Mike Trout's one million back in 2014.

So what will Kris Bryant be worth when he hits free agency after the 2021 season? A few reports think that Bryant will be able to command a 13-year contract worth around $350 million.

Superagent Scott Boras represents Bryant and was in attendance during the recent Dodgers-Cubs series and spoke with Cubs management about Bryant. However, MLB Insider Jon Heyman said that Boras said "We're good' with trying to discuss a contract extension.

"(The Cubs) talked about where they are philosophically," Boras said. "We understand what works for (Theo Epstein). And we understand what philosophy works for Kris Bryant,” Boras said. “Theo’s dynamic has worked for him. And Kris Bryant’s dynamic has worked for players like him.”

Boras knows that Bryant is the real deal because he wins MVPs and he is a great person off-the-field.

“Kris Bryant is a very, very competitive guy,” Boras added. “He plays with grace and doesn’t let emotions enter his game. He’s a great player.”

Cubs President of Operations Theo Epstein declined to comment on any conversations that he and Boras had on their star third baseman.

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