It took most of the offseason but the decision is finally in: Kris Bryant lost the service time grievance that he filed in 2015, after the Chicago Cubs kept him in the minors for the first 10 days of that season before promoting him to the major leagues.
The ruling in favor of the team has ramifications both short and long term that will impact everything from Bryant’s potential trade value to MLB’s next collective bargaining negotiations.
Here’s what you need to know:
What was the ruling?
The decision, which sources said is going through its final reviews before being made public within a week, held that the Cubs did not run afoul of service-time rules when they called Bryant to the major leagues on April 17, 2015. He had spent the first two weeks of the season in Triple-A after a dominant spring training. Had the Cubs summoned Bryant a day earlier, he would have ended the season with 172 days of service, or a full year.
Instead, with 171 days, Bryant fell short of a year by one day — and accordingly had his free agency delayed by a full season.
What is the impact of the ruling?
It means Bryant will become a free agent after the 2021 season instead of becoming one this…