Harper and Machado, alongside with numerous other free of charge agents, however are hunting for jobs as February nears, marking the next consecutive winter in which free of charge-agent signings have ground to a halt.
“It can be really weird,” Bryant explained Friday from the Cubs’ annual winter supporter convention. “Two of the finest players in the recreation, and they have quite small desire in them, from just what I hear. It can be not fantastic. It can be a little something that will have to modify. I know a whole lot of the other players are really upset about it.”
It can be not just veteran free of charge agents ages 30 and up who are however hunting for good contracts. Now it is really the young stars of the recreation.
Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr., who is a pal of Machado’s, called the free of charge-agency scenario “unlucky.”
“Right now we have to sit and wait around,” Almora explained. “It can be unlucky, arguably, the finest two fellas in the league are using this prolonged to signal. The recreation is altering right in advance of our eyes. It can be a dialogue we have to have with our participant rep. A whole lot of us are keen to have all those conversations.”
Bryant explained he is specific Harper won’t be signing with the Cubs, who have squashed any chat of introducing a higher-priced participant.
The Cubs have a payroll north of $200 million even without Harper, but that won’t be the circumstance for most teams.
Bryant was questioned why he thinks free of charge agency has slowed around the past two winters. He explained he was not sure of the motive, but threw out the chance it may well be for the reason that “not adequate teams [are] seeking to be competitive.”
“There is certainly a whole lot of teams out there that have the cash to shell out, but they are not executing it,” Bryant explained. “It can be quite bewildering to me. If I was an proprietor, president or GM, I might enjoy to have Bryce Harper or Manny Machado on my crew.”
Bryant and Almora indicated they hadn’t spoken in-depth with Harper or Machado about where by the free of charge agents may well signal they explained the timing of Harper’s and Machado’s availability in January is a fantastic indication of where by items stand.
“You do the job for that minute in your vocation,” Bryant explained. “You come to feel like each crew ought to want you. For them to not have that, it could be disheartening for them. … It can be not about the greed. They have set in the do the job to warrant contracts that are worthy of it.”