Chicago Cubs have heard from Braves, Phillies on Kris Bryant
By Jim Guzior
Everyone knew the grievance hearings could go either way – and without a resolution, the Chicago Cubs aren’t wasting time shopping Kris Bryant.
The 2019 Baseball Winter Meetings began in San Diego on Monday and the Chicago Cubs got right to work, reportedly fielding multiple calls on primetime players, including third baseman Kris Bryant. Among the interested parties, according to Bruce Levine of 670 WSCR, were the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies.
Of course, Bryant’s unresolved grievance case hangs over all these discussions. The grievance itself stems from issue of Bryant being brought up from the minors in April 2015, two weeks after the season started.
Your favorite Cubs scribe wrote about it here and concluded it would be the number one reason that the former NL MVP would leave the organization. That was October 30 and based on what we’re hearing, I can’t believe that there’s a lot of mutual faith in a long-term marriage at this point.
At this point, the Cubs are saying that without a ruling, they essentially have to move forward. Of course they will try to find a deal that is amenable to all parties since the grievance could go against them in the end.