Chicago Cubs: The ‘Winter of Bryant’
If I could name this offseason, it would be the ‘Winter of Bryant’. Kris Bryant, that is, the third baseman for the Chicago Cubs. Since the 2019 season ended, every second of the day, the internet has been humming with stories about the humble third baseman and every aspect of his life.
We went through the baby announcement (congrats btw!). Then Bryant was in the news because of the grievance hearings and then the long-awaited decision. There were minor appearances at the Chicago Cubs Convention, and then there was Chicago Cubs news. Chicago was considering during the winter meetings, trading Bryant to the Atlanta Braves or Philadelphia Phillies. There was other talk by the Cubs that nothing was off the table and then came a possible deal for Colorado Rockies All-Star, Nolan Arenado.
The rumors have been so heavy that it was almost expected that Arenado, who has been alienated by his former team, would be a holdout at the Colorado Rockies Spring Training so he could give the Cubs every chance to create the offer.
Alas, folks, this rumor is false.
Arenado showed up for Rockies camp, and it looks like Ross has done some talking with Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. It is most likely that Ross went to bat for his Bryant and told Epstein to leave him alone; cause he needs Bryant to win.
I’m betting that part of that conversation with Epstein was Ross relaying his plan to make Bryant the Cubs’ new leadoff hitter. What better way to convince the boss that you do value the player?
The baseball season has just begun, and there are more Cubs rumors around the corner.