Kris Bryant Can Only Look To Himself Why He May Not Be On The Opening Day Roster
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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.
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.
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Posted on March 20, 2015, in MLB Player Profiles and tagged 2016 CBA, boras corporation, chicago cubs, Coors Field, iowa cubs, Joe Maddon, jon lester, kris bryant, lou brown, Major League, mike olt, mlb player services time clock, NL Central, pittsburgh pirates, scott boras, spring training, st louis cardinals, theo epstein, willie mayes hayes, wrigley field. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.