Chicago Cubs: What do Kris Bryant’s comments mean for the future?

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Cubs: Kris Bryant has left the door open but will that matter?

The last question may already have part of an answer, as Kris Bryant in a seperate answer certainly kept the door open on a return to Chicago. Bryant stated:

"“I’m not looking at it as my last year. Who knows what year it could be? I could have 10 more years here. Who knows? I could come back as a coach. I could live in Chicago. I don’t know.”"

Bryant seems to be more than happy to continue playing in Chicago, but Jed Hoyer and the Cubs have to hold up their end of the deal for that to happen.

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Hoyer did say that the Cubs would talk to all of Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant about extensions this spring, but so far, Bryant seems to be the only one that has yet to have those conversations. It’s always been unlikely the team could keep all of Baez, Bryant and Rizzo, and they may want to keep Willson Contreras around as well. The apparent lack of extension talks paired with the incessant trade rumors that have plagued Bryant do not paint a pretty picture for the former MVP.

But what happens to the Chicago third baseman if they don’t keep him around? Do they trade him or do they let him ride it out for the 2021 season? Well the answer to that question likely won’t be decided until well after the season starts. Any trade discussions the Cubs were having for Bryant likely won’t be picked up until closer to the trade deadline as dealing Bryant in the middle of spring training makes zero sense.