Injuries continue to follow former Chicago Cubs MVP Kris Bryant as the Colorado Rockies placed Bryant on the IL on Thursday with a foot injury.
It has been quite the fall from grace for Bryant since he won the Rookie of the Year award in 2015 and National League MVP award in 2016 with the Cubs. The Cubs, of course, traded Bryant at the 2021 Major League Baseball trade deadline in a deal that saw the team land outfield prospect Alexander Canario and pitching prospect Caleb Kilian from the San Francisco Giants.
Bryant signed a lucrative seven-year deal with the Rockies prior to the 2022 Major League Baseball season and has yet to play in 100 games with the team. Bryant was limited to 42 games last season and while he has remained healthy this season prior to the latest foot injury, his offensive numbers have regressed.
Through 214 plate appearances with the Rockies this season, Bryant is slashing .263/.346/.374 with 5 home runs while posting a wRC+ of 87. Bryant's offensive fWAR with the Rockies this season is -4.2 and that is the lowest mark of his career including the 2020 season where he struggled mightily with the Cubs.
Bryant will always be a Cubs' legend for his contributions to the World Series-winning team in 2016 but it is looking more and more likely that the Cubs made the right decision to not sign the former MVP to a long-term contract. As unfortunate as that may be, both things are true.
Now, the Cubs have yet to find an answer at third base since Bryant's departure but the alternative would have been being financially locked into a player that was seeing a career regression due to injury. That financial hindrance is the exact thing that the Cubs are looking to avoid during their next contention window.