Relatively speaking, the core talent on the Chicago Cubs is still fairly young. Sure, Anthony Rizzo, Jason Heyward, and Kyle Hendricks are all 30 years old, but beyond them, Kris Bryant (28) is the oldest of the bunch, followed by Willson Contreras (28), Kyle Schwarber (27), Javy Baez (27), David Bote (27), Victor Caratini (26), Albert Almora Jr. (26), Ian Happ (25), and Nico Hoerner (23).
It might not feel that way because the majority of these players have been around since the 2015-2016 run, but they’re still young. And, of course, talented.
Unfortunately, while they may be young and talented, they’re not all young and talented *AND* under team control well into the future. But that’s something Kris Bryant hopes to change:
Kris Bryant, on keeping the core together as long as possible:
"It would be really cool to just have everybody stay here and play together and see what we've got , and when we're old and fat and we're tired, we're out of here. That'd be awesome."
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) July 6, 2020
Earlier today, Bryant indicated that the changes in the broader world (COVID-19), as well as his own little world (a brand new baby!) might make him more inclined to accept an extension from the Chicago Cubs. And he wants to take the whole gang with him!
I just can’t get the visual of a 43-year-old Kyle Schwarber out in left field firing a laser to a greying Willson Contreras behind the plate in 2036.
If it were up to me, every single one of these guys would get an extension, not only to keep the band together, but also because cost-certainty, over these next few years, may be more important than ever. So, I’m with ya, Kris. Sign them all. Let’s watch some beer leaguing in a decade or two.