Kris Bryant Speaks: No Hard Feelings, Trade Rumors, Denies Turning Down Huge Extension, More

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Kris Bryant Speaks: No Hard Feelings, Trade Rumors, Denies Turning Down Huge Extension, More

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Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant arrived at Spring Training this morning, and immediately addressed the media in one of the most impressive player press conferences I can recall hearing in recent memory. Bryant was open, honest, clear, candid, relatable, and informative. Forward-looking, but acknowledging the unknown. Bryant was clearly just speaking his mind, and in a tough spot, to boot.

I’ll try to get the full presser audio in here as soon as it’s available.

I logged what I could while I listened, so I’m just gonna pop it in right here, together with some of the video that was snagged on-site. The “news-iest” part is this, though:

So … an extension is still plausible with Bryant? Yes! That’s good!

It’s hard to square that with the weight of rumors for years now, but Bryant was very clear. I think it’s reasonable to presume that, of course, he is still open to an extension with the Cubs, but we also have to keep in mind that top-tier third basemen in recent years have signed seven and eight-year contracts in the $250 million range. Bryant may understandably price himself in that range, and that’s where the conversation on the two sides gets a lot more challenging.

The rest from the impressive presser:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.