The Cubs are going to place third baseman Mike Olt on the disabled list tomorrow with a hairline fracture of his ulna. He will be out at least a month, but that is not the news here. Olt is only 2/15 on the season with a homer and an RBI. He was playing sparingly anyway. The news here is that his placement on the DL coincides with the date, April 17th, that the Cubs can recall Kris Bryant and still keep another year of control.
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What a weird coincidence, huh? It was the worst kept secret in baseball that Bryant would be called up today, so all of you should have been scrounging around on waivers looking for him anyway. He has the potential to be elite as early as this afternoon.
Those of you that own Mike Olt in deep leagues can likely drop him outright. In a month, he won’t have a job to come back to anyway.
Bryant destroyed Cactus League pitching this spring. He hit .425 with nine homers, which led the majors, and 15RBI. He left little doubt that he was ready to make the jump to the major leagues. Then the drama hit.
The Cubs earned the ire of every fantasy baseball player that had drafted Bryant based on his monster spring by leaving him off of the 25 man roster when they headed north to Chicago. In a business sense, it was the right move for the Cubs. But what is the lasting effect of this move?
The Cubs care nothing for fantasy players. Sorry, guys. It’s a fact of life. They gained an extra year of control of Bryant before he can become a free agent, but his agent is Scott Boras, who is as reviled among owners as Donald Fehr was in the mid 1990’s. Boras has hinted that this will cost the Cubs, either financially or that Bryant will refuse to stay with the Cubs no matter what. As if the Cubs needed another soap opera.
This will be years away though, and us fantasy players care little about that. The big news here is that Bryant will likely make his major league debut tomorrow against James Shields and the San Diego Padres. It is a tough assignment for sure, but Bryant has proven that he can hit at every level. He hit .327 with 55 home runs in just 181 minor league games.
Bryant was up to his old tricks at Iowa City, hitting .321 with three homers, 10 RBI, and two steals in seven games. The irony is that Bryant never got to play a home game for the Iowa Cubs. Their first homestand of the season starts tomorrow. Bryant will be making his Wrigley Field debut by then.
So for those of you that drafted Bryant, the wait is over. Just make sure to check the lineup before the early start time. Bryant will make his major league debut today, but it may be only as a pinch hitter.
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