Slugger Kris Bryant: No Contract Extension with Cubs as of Now

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 06/05/17 04:00AM EDT
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The Chicago Cubs hope to make slugger Kris Bryant the face the franchise for years to come. For the 2017 season, they have signed him to a one-year contract worth $1.05 million, the largest one-year deal ever given to a player in his pre-arbitration years.

After this, Bryant can bargain for a bigger contract as he is eligible for arbitration for the next four seasons before he turns unrestricted free agent in the 2021-22 season, per Mike Axisa of CBS Sports.

The Cubs reportedly reached out to Bryant and his agent Scott Boras for the possible contract extension. However, Boras said Bryant is not keen on signing an extension with the Cubs for now, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports.

In an interview with Heyman, Boras said both sides didn't get into specifics of a contract extension but had "general conversations" about the possibility of agreeing into one.

"The Cubs talked about where they are philosophically. 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."

At age 25, Bryant has accomplished it all career-wise. He won the Rookie of the Year in 2015. He captured the NL MVP trophy the following year as he led the Cubs to the World Series, hitting 39 home runs with a .939 OPS.

Bryant, for his part, said he's not ready to talk about a contract extension with the Cubs, adding he's focused on winning another World Series ring for Chicago.

"I guess it's a little early," Bryant told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times. "I still feel super-young. I'm still getting used to all of this playing at this level."

"I'll listen to whatever they have to say, but I just think that it might be in my best interest to just play it out and see where things go," he added.

In his career, Bryant has 382 hits, 76 homers and 224 RBIs in 355 games, with a hitting average of .283.



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