Third baseman Kris Bryant lost his grievance against the Chicago Cubs in which he sought an extra year of service time, ensuring he won't become a free agent until after the 2021 season, according to a report from ESPN's Jeff Passan. (Jess Passan, ESPN.com)
Bryant has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason, but the cloud of this grievance made his value tricky to determine since the acquiring team did not know if they were getting just one or two years of team control. Now, as frustrating as it is for Bryant, he is a much more attractive asset, and his trade market might pick up. In 2019, he batted .282 with 108 runs scored, 31 home runs, 77 RBIs, and four stolen bases.