Chicago Cubs: Boras says they’re open to talks – at what cost, though?
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Bryant still has options now and can always begin talks with the Chicago Cubs. Too often, agents and players seem hesitant to sit down and bargain in good faith with teams (and vice versa). But on Tuesday, Scott Boras said he and Bryant were more than happy to talk long-term with the Chicago brass.
The only question now is what type of deal Boras would want to discuss. The Cubs clearly have valuations for members of their core and seem unlikely to push past those numbers, regardless of how talented someone like Bryant is and what he could mean to the franchise long-term. But if it’s a realistic, level-headed discussion, Epstein would undoubtedly jump all over the chance to make a deal.
When you throw in the mix that Bryant will be a new father in April, you might think it would be safer and better for his new family to have some stability and that he might want to know what the future holds.
Right now, it doesn’t look like that’s the case which is why the Cubs are talking nonstop-Bryant at the meetings. Based on these early reports, we could be nearing the point where the team is looking for a new starting third baseman for the first time in nearly a half-decade.