July 29, 2021

NL Central Notes: Bryant, Stearns, Hader, Pirates, Reds (MLB Trade Rumors)

The service time grievance filed by Kris Bryant and his representatives was addressed in a hearing in late October, though neither Bryant or the Cubs have yet to receive a ruling from Major League Baseball.  Speaking to The Athletic’s Sahadev Sharma and other reporters at the Winter Meetings, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said he felt the ruling is “not going to be more than a couple weeks away,” though he admitted some frustration that the matter has yet to be decided.  That said, Epstein stated the team is “operating with what our understanding of what the likely outcome will be and moving forward that way,” which would hint that the Cubs are confident that Bryant will remain under team control through the 2021 season.  A ruling in the other direction, which would grant Bryant free agency after the 2020 season, would certainly count as a surprise, and one with a major impact on Chicago’s future roster maneuverings.

As it stands, the Cubs have reportedly…

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