The big news in baseball this week (that wasn’t Astros-related, which I already talked about earlier) was Kris Bryant unsurprisingly losing his grievance case with the Chicago Cubs.
This has been an interesting thing to keep an eye on because Bryant represented a high-profile example of a player trying to stand up for himself after his club manipulated his service time. Of course, from our perspective, we pay some attention to Bryant because the Blue Jays did the same thing to their top prospect this season.
Bryant slashed a .325/.438/.661 line between Double- and Triple-A in 2014 and killed it for the Cubs in spring training but didn’t crack the team’s roster. He got kept down for about a week, mashed in seven games, got called up, and won Rookie of the Year. The Cubs got their extra service year and Bryant won’t be able to become a free agent until after the 2021 season.
Represented by the Players’ Association, Bryant’s case claimed that the Cubs manipulated the timing of his initial promotion in order to delay his qualification for free agency. I mean, that’s accurate, but there’ …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation