According to ESPN, the Chicago Cubs approached 2016 National League MVP Kris Bryant about a contract extension worth north of $200 million and he turned it down.
Bryant and his agent Scott Boras preferred to proceed on a year-by-year salary increase through arbitration before Bryant becomes a free agent after the 2021 season.
Should Bryant wait it out and hit the free-agent market, the Cubs could lose him for nothing. In that context, Bryant might be a valuable trade commodity as former National League MVP Award winner who is under club control for three more seasons.
Bryant only appeared in 102 games for the Cubs this season while battling through shoulder discomfort in the second half. He managed just three home runs and 12 RBIs across 32 games after the All-Star break.
Overall, he still posted a solid .272/.374/.460 slash line with 13 home runs, 28 doubles, and 52 RBIs in 457 plate appearances.