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Sport Boras says 'our ears are open' to a Bryant long-term extension with Cubs, but they're also preparing for other scenarios

01:25  12 december  2019
01:25  12 december  2019 Source:   chicagotribune.com

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Kris Bryant ’s agent, Scott Boras , says ‘ our ears are open ’ to a long - term extension with the Cubs , but they ’ re also preparing for other scenarios . business with them,” Lightfoot said . ComEd spokeswoman Jean Medina said the utility is “proud of our long, productive partnership with the city

Cubs are still exploring contract extensions with some of their arbitration-eligible players, but they ’ re not saying who. Those players are believed to be Kris Bryant , Javier Baez, Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber — all arbitration-eligible players who can become free agents in two or three years.

Agent Scott Boras said he’s unsure whether Kris Bryant will be on the Cubs’ Opening-Day roster.

a close up of Kris Bryant wearing a helmet holding a baseball bat: Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds on May 24, 2019.© John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds on May 24, 2019.

So Boras is preparing his client for an array of scenarios — including a possible trade as speculation spreads like brush fire at the winter meetings.

“We talk to Kris all the time,” Boras told reporters Tuesday during a 52-minute briefing. “Kris is working out, and we fully anticipate, like any great player we represent, that when you get to this level of your career and you have this service time, you’re going to be talked about in trades.”

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Bryant, 27, is nearing free agency. An arbitrator is expected to rule soon whether the Cubs manipulated the start of his service time in 2015, which would allow him to become a free agent after 2020.

Cubs President Theo Epstein expressed confidence Monday that the team acted properly and that Bryant won’t be eligible for free agency for two more seasons.

That decision would affect what the Cubs could get in return for Bryant, and the free-agent destinations of Anthony Rendon (also a Boras client) and Josh Donaldson could have an impact on Bryant as well.

The Cubs could be inclined to wait until Rendon and Donaldson sign in hopes of getting a larger compensation package in return for Bryant from a team that lost out on the two premier free-agent third basemen.

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The Braves, Rangers, Nationals and Dodgers are among the teams looking for a veteran third baseman.

Boras declined to forecast Bryant’s future, instead highlighting the credentials of his client, which include the 2015 National League Rookie of the Year and 2016 NL Most Valuable Player awards as well as three All-Star selections.

“Core premium All-Star, MVP-type players are so valuable to a team, it’s hard to ever think how you replace them,” Boras said. “And so when you get into those levels historically, it’s normally not something that’s done.”

Bryant is projected to earn at least $18 million in 2020 as an arbitration-eligible player, and Boras said “we’ve always made it known to the Cubs that our ears are open to anything they’d like to follow.”

Including an extension that would keep him at Wrigley Field?

“We communicate with the Cubs constantly,” Boras said. “Our doors are open, and obviously we’re in negotiation on an annual contract with KB and more than willing to discuss anything they’d like on a multiyear basis.”

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More than any other Cub , Bryant embodies everything Theo Epstein promised when he took over This would be the Cubs conceding they have no chance to sign Bryant to a long - term contract Kris Bryant ’s agent, Scott Boras , says ‘ our ears are open ’ to a long - term extension with the Cubs .

But even if Bryant is still in a Cubs uniform by the opener, his long - term status with the club remains in significant limbo. Consider that while general manager Hoyer said the Cubs are rethinking their past practice of taking extension talks with players into spring training. Which means if they ’ re not talking

But very few of Boras’ clients sign extensions before free agency. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who played for the Cubs briefly last season, was one of the exceptions when he signed a seven-year deal with the Rockies in 2011.

Boras seemed unfazed by reports that the Cubs can’t spend money until they move salaries.

“I haven’t gotten that email,” Boras said. “I only know what I hear from Theo, and all I know (is) he feels he’s trying to build a competitive team.”

New manager David Ross is prepared for any scenario involving Bryant.

“Obviously you want more guys like Kris Bryant on your team, and that relationship I have already with Kris,” Ross said. “But I know Theo and Jed (Hoyer) and these guys have got a job to do, and they look at every option of how to make this the best team they possibly can for this year and long term.

“If I know anything about baseball, the rumors aren’t always as true as they may seem. I see that even more now that I’m behind the curtain, so to speak.”

Boras also was adamant that shortstop Addison Russell, whom the Cubs did not tender a contract last week, would remain in the majors despite a gradual decline in production. Russell served a 40-game suspension at the end of the 2018 season and start of 2019 for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

“Addison Russell is an excellent major league player,” Boras said. “He’s very young (25). We fully anticipate he’ll be playing in the major leagues starting for somebody.

“There are different types of meetings that we go to right now. We’re dealing with major free agents, and we have a level of interest where teams have contacted us. We’re taking care of some multiyear contract considerations in a lot of cases, and then they’ll get to filling their spots on different levels.”

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