Kris Bryant‘s long-running service-time grudge against the Cubs eventually comes down to an end last week. Bryant lost the hearing, conveying he’ll is still under squad control for two more years instead of one. As you’d expect, the players’ association isn’t enamored of the results. MLBPA executive director Tony Clark issued the following statement on such matters Tuesday 😛 TAGEND

“The Players Association disagrees with the decision issued today in the Kris Bryant service-time grievance. While we respect the finality of that decision, we will continue to pursue any and all measures that incentivize competition, deter service-time manipulation and ensure teams battlefield their very best participates. We applaud Kris’ courage and courage in challenging the Cubs’ acts and experiencing the grudge through to the end.”

Although Bryant understandably campaigned the Cubs over team see when they are delayed his rookie publicity, he said last week he harbors no ill will against the golf-club. While there doesn’t seem to be bad blood between the two sides, that doesn’t mean Bryant will be a Cub for much more significant. The Cubs have had a modest offseason after last year’s dud of a finish, and if they’re as focused as getting under the luxury tax as, say, the similarly deep-pocketed Red Sox( who traded Mookie Betts and David Price on Tuesday ), Bryant might not stick around for much more significant. Bryant has been the subject of trade speculation for months, after all, and the facts of the case that the $18.6 MM worker is controllable for two years instead of one should only help his ethic on the market.

A 28 -year-old onetime NL MVP, Bryant has a pair of admirers in the National and Phillies, who have shown” at least exploratory interest” in him, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today. This isn’t the first time either squad has been is attached to the 28 -year-old Bryant this offseason, though, and it’s unclear whether they’re more inclined to trade for him now that the third base market has all but drained out in free busines. The Nationals re-signed Asdrubal Cabrera, who anatomies to contain the position down until potential Carter Kieboom‘s set to take the reins, while the Phillies have the versatile Scott Kingery as their projected starter and Alec Bohm waiting in the wings.

The Braves, yet another NL East team, are in questionable shape at the hot corner, where they search prepared to roll with Johan Camargo and Austin Riley in the wake of Josh Donaldson‘s departure in free bureau. Nevertheless, the Braves have not been discussing Bryant with the Cubs, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, so it continues to look unlikely that he’ll end up in Atlanta.

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