The Cubs didn’t offer third baseman Kris Bryant a multi-year, $200M extension, according to a report from The Athletic.
According to the report, the Cubs did apprach Bryant about a potential extension during previous offseasons, but progress was never made. Chicago expects Bryant to test free agency when he is eligible at the end of the 2021 season, the report says.
Dave Kaplan of ESPN Chicago 1000 first discussed the extension, which The Athletic’s sources described as “simply not true.”
“Whispers are telling me that the Cubs approached Scott Boras to do a massive extension with Kris Bryant in the last several months, and it was turned down by Bryant and Boras,” Kaplan said, via NESN.com. “I was told the Cubs offer was more than fair … well north of $200 million.”
Bryant battled a shoulder injury throughout the season. In 102 games, he hit a career-worst .272 with a career-low 13 home runs and 52 RBIs.