Kris Bryant isn’t particularly close to free agency, but that didn’t stop the Chicago Cubs from trying to lock him down long-term.
According to NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan via Brett Taylor of Bleacher Nation, Bryant was offered a long-term extension “well north of $200 million”, but he and agent Scott Boras declined, preferring to go through the arbitration process.
It’s an interesting decision for the Cubs, if true. Bryant just finished his first arbitation year and is under team control through 2021, so he can pretty safely play things out. The Cubs were clearly aiming to buy out his arbitration years and lock him down well into his 30s. Bryant is taking a risk by declining, but a calculated one, as he stands to earn a lot more if he stays healthy and keeps producing for another three seasons. The health was a bit of a scare at times in 2018, but he looks poised for a rebound year in 2019.
Kris Bryant is expected to return to the Chicago Cubs’ starting lineup on Friday.
Bryant was hit by a pitch in the hand/wrist area against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday and left the game. He underwent some testing that revealed bruising and was held out of Wednesday’s game. Bryant was not in the starting lineup for Thursday’s series finale against Pittsburgh either.
However, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Bryant should be in the lineup on Friday against the Cardinals.
David Bote has been playing third base in Bryant’s absence.
Bryant, who has battled a shoulder injury this season as well, is batting .276 with an .834 OPS.
Kris Bryant cannot catch a break this season.
The Chicago Cubs third baseman left Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after being hit by a pitch on the wrist. Bryant was hit in the bottom of the fourth inning. He was looked at by the trainers but remained in the game.
Later in the sixth, Bryant was replaced at third base by Ian Happ, who hit for the pitcher in the bottom of the fifth.
Bryant has dealt with a shoulder injury since May. He had two extended absences during the season and has only played in 99 games this season. The former MVP is batting .276 with an .834 OPS this season, though he only has hit two home runs since the All-Star break.
The Chicago Cubs are getting part of their roster back as they enter play in the final month of the regular season.
The Cubs are planning to activate Kris Bryant and Addison Russell from the disabled list on Saturday. Bryant is expected to start.
Bryant last played on July 23. The former NL MVP has been dealing with a shoulder injury since May that has forced him to make multiple trips to the disabled list this season. He’s batted .276 with an .854 OPS in 76 games.
Russell has been out with a finger injury. He will probably be a role player now that Javy Baez has been playing shortstop and Daniel Murphy has done well at second base. The shortstop is batting .259 with a .685 OPS this season.
Kris Bryant seems to be getting closer to a return to action for the Chicago Cubs.
Bryant had a light day on Thursday, but he will have a heavy day of batting practice on Friday, according to The Score’s Bruce Levine.
Bryant has not played since July 23 because of a shoulder injury that has bothered him since May. The former NL MVP said two weeks ago that he is no longer feeling pain in his shoulder. He also said he expects to return in time to impact the pennant race, so this is another sign that he is getting closer.
If all goes well with Bryant’s heavy day of batting practice, he could be sent out on a rehab assignment soon thereafter. A September return to the lineup seems like it could be a possibility.
Bryant is batting .276 with an .854 OPS in 76 games this season.
Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is getting closer to a return, and he expects to have an impact on this year’s pennant race.
Bryant hopes to be back in the Cubs’ lineup by the end of the month, and he expects to be healthy enough to contribute after three or four rehab games.
“Just looking at the schedule, I think the amount of games we have left is plenty of time to get ready for hopefully a long playoff run, and hopefully I might be a little more rested than some of my teammates because they’ve been out there grinding every day,” Bryant said, via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. “Hopefully I can provide that nice little push and cause some separation between ourselves and some of the other [teams] out there and all through the playoffs. But I guess it’s yet to be seen.
“I expect the same impact I’ve always had. I’m just going to go out there and be myself, and I know that’s pretty good to me.”
Bryant, who last played on July 23, says he’s pain-free in his shoulder. The Cubs look playoff-bound no matter what, but his return should solidify that for them.
Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant appears to be getting closer to a return to action.
Bryant addressed the media on Saturday and said his injured shoulder is feeling better. He has been allowed to swing a bat again, and isn’t feeling any pain in his shoulder anymore.
There won’t be any rush to bring Bryant back. The Cubs are doing well without him, and his previous return to action didn’t last long. In total, he’s played just ten games since June 22. There’s no obvious damage to Bryant’s shoulder, and it sounds like he’s progressing toward a return.
Kris Bryant got some positive news about his shoulder on Friday.
A second MRI on Bryant’s shoulder showed no structural damage. Bryant also does not think he will need offseason surgery on his shoulder.
Bryant was placed on the DL Thursday, marking his second DL stint of the season. The 26-year-old third baseman is batting .276 with an .854 OPS for the Chicago Cubs this season despite dealing with shoulder pain since May. Cubs manager Joe Maddon recently spoke about the matter as a situation Bryant would have to deal with the rest of the year.
Things are not going according to plan for Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant.
Manager Joe Maddon admitted Bryant could return to the disabled list as the shoulder injury that had already sidelined him for three weeks continues to bother him.
Bryant is missing his second consecutive game on Wednesday, and it’s not clear when he’ll return to the lineup. Maddon said Tuesday that rest is the best way to handle this, but the Cubs are reluctant to give in if he can play through it. For the moment, it doesn’t look like he’s capable of doing so.
Bryant is hitting .276 with 11 home runs despite the nagging shoulder issue. It may just be best to shut him down for a while to have him as healthy as possible for the stretch run.
Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant continues to be hampered by a left shoulder injury, and manager Joe Maddon isn’t sounding very reassuring.
Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Maddon offered a fairly concerning quote about Bryant’s health.
“Rest would be the best thing for him now, but we’re not necessarily ready to do that,” said Maddon, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. “For right now, it’s trying to manage it and get him through the season.”
The righty-hitting Bryant, who was held out of the lineup for Tuesday’s game against Arizona, missed nearly three weeks with nagging pain in the shoulder before the All-Star break. While he did play in the Cubs’ first six games of the second half, he still does not appear to be over the issue.
Bryant still has a fairly strong slash line of .276/.380/.474 with 11 homers and 44 RBIs in 76 games. But Cubs fans likely don’t want to hear any references to “getting him through the season,” especially since the usually durable former NL MVP sounded upbeat about his health just a couple of weeks ago.