Report: Kris Bryant Turned Down Extension for ‘Well North of $200 Million’ (Or Did He?)

Kris Bryant has made a little money playing baseball. He received a $6.7 million signing bonus as the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2013 and has since set salary records for a second-year player ($1.05 million) and first-year arbitration raise ($10.85 million). That latter figure won’t go up as drastically for 2019 after a shoulder injury hampered his performance this season, but Bryant should still pull down about $12 million after another arb increase.

That pales in comparison to what he stands to make when he hits free agency in 2022, which coincides with the expiration of the current CBA and the competitive balance tax structure therein. How exactly the limits will change is anyone’s guess, but suffice to say the players union has quite a bit of strength. So does Scott Boras, Bryant’s agent.

The Cubs would obviously prefer to avoid a scenario that sees them stringing their superstar along with arbitration raises by locking him into a long-term extension. Such a move would benefit Bryant by guaranteeing him higher salaries during his arbitration years and it’d help the Cubs by having him around through his prime at presumably lower average annual values than with a free-agent …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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