Don’t expect any major changes to the relationship between Kris Bryant and the Cubs in the wake of today’s ruling on his service-time grievance action. There’s “no ill will whatsoever” towards the team on Bryant’s part, a source tells Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.
The decision ensures that the Cubs control Bryant for each of the next two seasons. He’s already slated to earn $18.6MM this year and will now go through the arbitration process one more time in advance of the 2021 season.
You might think there’s no cause for concern if you just focus on the single-season earnings. Bryant’s delayed promotion cost him an earlier shot at free agency but did allow him to qualify early for arbitration as a Super Two. He has parlayed that into a big run through the arb process.
But that’s reasoning misses the big picture. Not only has Bryant lost a year of free agency that he could’ve sold for the highest price — quite possibly even higher than what’ll be a big 2021 salary — but…