Cubs: Kris Bryant won’t be traded any time soon and should be extended

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Cubs: CBA will also play a role in how this whole thing shakes out

Depending on how Bryant and Boras want to see the season play out, taking a short-term deal might be out of the question. It should be noted Bryant has said he is open for extension talks at any time.

If Trevor Bauer received a record-breaking deal with a career 3.90 ERA but one Cy Young season, I think Bryant will get big money for an MVP-type of year. Like Bauer, the upside to Bryant remains high. That promise plus a strong season will prompt one or more teams in need of a franchise player to pay Bryant what he is looking for.

Negotiations of a new collective bargaining agreement for the 2022 season and beyond is also something players and their agents will keep in mind.

There’s a lot of factors Hoyer and the Cubs can take when it comes to signing Bryant and the other remaining core players. If the team falls out of contention, I think it’s safe to assume one or more of the upcoming free agents will be traded for future assets at the deadline.

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So what happens if the team competes? Even with the Cardinals offseason moves, the Cubs will still be in the thick of things in a weak NL Central. Whatever Hoyer has up his sleeves hopefully it’s a well thought out plan, because it’s been a mess up to this point.