Will the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic in sports influence the thinking of some of baseball’s biggest upcoming free agents — possibly giving the Cubs a better chance to keep stars such as Kris Bryant long-term?
Don’t bet on it.
“Guys like Kris are young; they’re very known commodities,” said Scott Boras, Bryant’s agent — who makes the case that Bryant and other top-of-the-market free agents are more immune to even the potentially extreme market volatility that might impact MLB in the coming months and even years.
“He’s an established guy, a very proven player. And there aren’t many players like him,” Boras said. “Just plays so many positions; he’s a power hitter; .900-OPS players are hard to find. And you always have the [added] benefit of less wear and tear [from a shortened season] going forward.”