Another former Cubs favorite is finding a new home, and this time it’s Kris Bryant heading to a (semi) surprising destination.
Kris Bryant to the Colorado Rockies:
Breaking: Kris Bryant to Rockies
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 16, 2022
Third baseman Kris Bryant and the Colorado Rockies are in agreement on a seven-year, $182 million contract, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 16, 2022
Kris Bryant and the Rockies have agreed to a 7-year deal worth $182 million, per source. The deal includes a full no-trade clause. @JonHeyman was on it.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) March 16, 2022
I say only semi surprising because the Rockies were known to have interest in Bryant going way back (remember all those trade rumors), and also because it is geographically closer to Bryant’s home in Las Vegas than most places.
But it’s also the Rockies. It’s surprising to see them playing in this end of the pool right now, and also to see Bryant heading there. Perhaps they went over the top to get him compared to the other offers out there. It’s a BIG deal. I knew the range on possible Bryant deals was wide, but I honestly didn’t see him doing this week given the last few years of injuries and unevenness. I say good for him.
Stay tuned on the fallout from this one, because the Padres had reportedly been in on Bryant, but now didn’t get him and also didn’t get Seiya Suzuki. If they also don’t land Freddie Freeman (I do not expect it), you wonder about whether they’ll still be so eager to dump salary from here (which implicates the Cubs).
As for Bryant, he becomes the new face of the Rockies after all those rumors that might’ve had him swapped for fellow third baseman Nolan Arenado. The Rockies paid the Cardinals to take Arenado off their hands, and now wind up with Bryant on a huge contract anyway.