Chicago Cubs: Kris Bryant seems more open to an extension – just not right now

Kris Bryant / Chicago Cubs (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
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Chicago Cubs superstar Kris Brya nt held court with the media on Monday.

It’s been a whirlwind of a year for a lot of reasons – and that’s also the case for Kris Bryant. The 2016 National League MVP became a father this spring and is now back with his Chicago Cubs teammates at Summer Camp after the league hit the brakes on spring training in mid-March.

If Major League Baseball can get its testing shortcomings ironed out and COVID-19 outbreaks across the country can be contained, we may be mere weeks from Opening Day. The Cubs will open the abbreviated 60-game season on July 24 at home against the Milwaukee Brewers and, in fact, will host the Brew Crew for seven of their 10 matchups this summer.

This winter, trade speculation surrounded Bryant as the Cubs looked desperate, at times, to reset their luxury tax penalties by getting under the $208 million luxury tax threshold. The front office failed to both trade the former NL Rookie of the Year and cut the necessary payroll to get under the threshold and the team may be worse off for it.