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Kris Bryant Can Only Look To Himself Why He May Not Be On The Opening Day Roster

Kris Bryant is about as sure of a prospect there has been in the last 5 years.  Will the Cubs let him start the year in 2015, or will they send him down until the end of April to save service time.  All you need to know about the franchises desire to win it all this campaign may be based on this decision.  The young slugger had 40 HRs in the Minor League's last year.

Kris Bryant is about as sure of a prospect there has been in the last 5 years. Will the Cubs let him start the year in 2015, or will they send him down until the middle of April to save service time?. The young slugger had 43 HRs in the Minor League’s last year – and has also smacked 6 big fly’s in Spring Training so far.  But there are things to suggest that starting him off in the Minors is not such a bad idea.  The 23 Year Old is not the slickest fielder, has already experienced shoulder fatigue, and the team will play its 1st 9 games in cold weather too. (Hosting 6 games at home, and playing the other 3 in Coors Field.)  But really. he might have sealed  his fate for the opener by having Scott Boras as his agent.

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So the talks continue to mount on the Kris Bryant Opening Day watch.  With each passing day he hits a HR, or shows himself ready for the big leagues, the question will become even more serious.  But if he is ultimately not pulled up to Wrigley Field on Sunday Apr.5th vs Division Rival Cards, he has no one to blame by himself.

By having Scott Boras as his Agent, it has pretty much implanted in the Cubs brass, that the prize prospect will never sign an extension, and when his service time has him approaching Free Agency, he will indeed hit the open market and look for the top bidder.

I don’t even blame Boras for this.  He is a phenomenal representative of his players, and always seems to get the max dollar for the highest percentage of the time compared to other agents.

Perhaps it will serve as a deterrent to future awesome young studs, that Boras has been sticking it to team owners for years.  Maybe they should opt for a different agent, as this man has shown his playing cards on too many occasions.  The executives all know Boras will lead his client to the open market.

Even having said this, if the man was not under the direction of the Boras Corporation, the Cubs should not start the clock on him anyway.  The talk of the Cubs contending in 2015 is much over-hyped in my view.

Scott Boras's clients rarely sign long term extension with the teams that draft them, and retain their rights under team control, until they are eligible for Free Agency.  There is no doubt that baseball must address the service time for players clauses, so that a player of Bryant's pedigree, could be held out for financial implications solely. Since the team would lose the right to have Kris Bryant in 2021, should he start the opener, rather than hold him back 9 games and 12 service days to ensure that eligible year for the player, it has completely given the Cubs brass the overwhelming sense to start Bryant in the Minors.

Scott Boras’s clients rarely sign long term extension with the teams that draft them, and retain their rights under team control, until they are eligible for Free Agency. There is no doubt that baseball must address the service time for players clauses, so that a player of Bryant’s pedigree, could be held out for financial implications solely. Since the team would lose the right to have Kris Bryant in 2021, should he start the opener, rather than hold him back 9 games and 12 service days to ensure that eligible year for the player, it has completely given the Cubs brass the overwhelming sense to start Bryant in the Minors.

Chicago is an improving club, and with signing Jon Lester to aid their quest, there is no doubt there will be significant improvements this campaign as compared to last.  But in a Division they are competing with, it is not a smart practice to think you will take either of these squads down.

You must be realistic when talking about the young core.  There will be struggles as the guys gain experience.  Javier Baez is fanning about 1 of every 3 Plate Appearances this spring, and Mike Olt also batted in the mid .150’s last year.

You may say the last fact is why Bryant should make his debut in the clubs opener, but I am not of that mindset.  Olt has some power, and you may want to give him one more chance, albeit a short window – to see if he can take his game to the next level.

If the Cubs hold Bryant 1 day short of a service year, he will miss only 9 games of the 162 game schedule.  The Cubs should be able to tread water in those first contests.  If they can’t weather the absence of him for the 1st couple weeks, maybe they aren’t ready to compete this campaign anyway.

It is not like the Cubs are keeping him out til mid-June, to shorten his Arbitration rights clock either.  The brass knows that Bryant will come up to the majors long before then.

Bryant’s defense is still not a positive plight in keeping him either.  Also, you must factor in the cold weather, and that he is already experiencing some should fatigue.

Yes the man has light tower power, and has been effectively crushing jacks around the Spring Training Circuit.

But if I can also quote Lou Brown from when he talking about Willie Mayes Hayes beefing up and homering off pitchers in March.  “Sure he is hitting homers, but it is off a guy who will be bagging groceries in two weeks.”

While I wont go that far in the extreme, there are 2 sides to looking at this dilemma. I would say to trust in Theo Epstein and   Joe Maddon to handle this the right way.

To save 9 games to ensure an extra year of service in 2021 is a lot more crucial.  That is a weighting of 162 games to 9.  I would say those odds would be in favor of Mr. Bryant spending his 1st 2 weeks in Iowa.

Besides, by keeping him out of the lineup for those, it puts him on the squad until 2021 for sure, which is perfect when you consider that is last possible year on the contract that Lester has. 

The Cubs are improved, but are they really better than the Pirates or Cards?  I think not.  As a gambling professional, you have to go with the numbers here, and I am saying that keeping Bryant away from the Majors for the 1st 2 weeks will not be the deciding factor whether Chicago makes the postseason or not.  I think the club will hover near the .500 mark.  If this is the case, than everyone would realize that having Bryant in 2021 is a better alternative, when their great core has matured, and the team is in contention every year.  I would bank on that scenario a hell of a lot more.

The Cubs are improved, but are they really better than the Pirates or Cards? I think not. As a gambling professional, you have to go with the numbers here, and I am saying that keeping Bryant away from the Majors for the 1st 2 weeks will not be the deciding factor whether Chicago makes the postseason or not. I think the club will hover near the .500 mark. If this is the case, than everyone would realize that having Bryant in 2021 is a better alternative, when their great core has matured, and the team is in contention every year for the next half a dozen seasons. I would bank on that scenario a hell of a lot more.

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