Boras Not Surprised Bryant Is Center Of Attention

Kris Bryant has find himself in trade rumors at the Winter Meetings.

Bruce Levine
December 10, 2019 - 3:42 pm

SAN DIEGO (670 The Score) -- As powerful agent Scott Boras stood in the lobby of the Manchester Grand Hyatt on Tuesday afternoon and talked to more than 100 media members, the conversation didn't just focus on the monster free-agent group that he represents.

It also turned to the future of Cubs star third baseman Kris Bryant, who has found his name amid trade speculation. Boras was non-plussed by questions about Bryant's future. As he has before, Boras fielded a question about whether the Cubs could reach a long-term extension with Bryant, who's under team control through 2021, though the ruling on his service time grievance could change that. If Bryant wins his case -- which isn't the expectation -- he'd become a free agent after 2020.

"We are always in communication with them," Boras said of possible extension talks.

"We are discussing his arbitration value and numbers. I have to leave it up to them, if they want to explore that."

When asked about the Cubs' payroll constraints, Boras responded that president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told him that the organization is looking to build a competitive team as always.

And as for the Bryant trade speculation?

"It comes with the territory when you get near free agency," Boras said. "That discussion always takes place. Many times nothing comes of it. Other times it does. I think in these markets with great players, their names are always bandied about as a potential trades in the marketplace. It happens every year. You can go back every year and see that if a great player is not signed to a multi-year contract and is an MVP-type player, they always get that kind of attention."

Bryant, 27, is a three-time All-Star who won the National League MVP award in 2016. He has hit .284 with 138 homers and a .901 OPS in his five-year MLB career.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.