March 30, 2015

Cubs lose before season begins

I'm not going to sit here and tell you that you wouldn't like to have him in your lineup. He's also 23. I'm looking forward to working with this guy for the next 15 years. He's a brilliant talent. I'm not going to sit here and say things that are disingenuous. This guy is good. He's going to be really good.
- Cubs manager Joe Maddon,
on Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant was reassigned by the Chicago Cubs to their minor league camp Monday despite his outstanding spring training at the plate, triggering a threat of litigation from the players' association.
The 23-year-old Bryant batted .425 in the exhibition season with nine homers and 15 RBIs in 40 at-bats.
If Bryant spends 12 or more days in the minor leagues, Chicago would delay the slugging third baseman from becoming eligible for free agency by one year, until after the 2021 season, according to baseball's collective bargaining agreement.

"It's always difficult to send young players down because it is news they don't want to hear," Cubs president Theo Epstein said. "We entered camp with the presumptive move of sending him to Triple-A, and it is always the presumptive move for us with young players who haven't played in the big leagues yet. You see how camp develops and how the roster shapes up to see if there is grounds for an exception to the rule."

It seems that the Cubs president doesn't realize you can lose the pennant at the beginning of the year just as easily as later in the season.  The Cubs finally have a promising player and send him to the minor leagues to possibly save some money in five or six years from now.