Kris Bryant’s impressive start is a win-win for the Chicago Cubs

Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs. (Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)
Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs. (Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports) /

Here is why Kris Bryant’s early April success is a win-win for a struggling Chicago Cubs team.

Even though the Chicago Cubs have struggled mightily at the plate for the early part of the 2021 MLB season, crushing the baseball has not been an issue for slugger third baseman Kris Bryant.

In the Cubs’ 10 games so far this year, Bryant is slashing .265/.375/.647 at the plate with nine hits, seven runs scored, five runs batted in, four doubles and three home runs. Though he is hitting 59 points better than his dismal 2020 batting average of .206, the Cubs are only 4-6 in those 10 games. Even if the Cubs are struggling out of the gate, here is why Bryant’s early success is great.

Chicago Cubs: Kris Bryant’s early-season success is fantastic for Chicago

Bryant’s April is good on multiple fronts for Chicago. One, he can keep putting butts in the seats with his great play at the plate. Two, one would think his offensive success will rub off on his Chicago teammates. And three, if the Cubs do not have a great spring, this only increases his potential trade value. Because he is on an expiring deal, Bryant could be the biggest name dealt.

If Bryant were to be getting a multi-year extension from the Cubs organization, it would have already happened by now. He is in the last season of his 20s, and it feels like a foregone conclusion that the former No. 2 overall pick out of San Diego will be playing out his 30s in another big-league uniform. Because he does have serious star power, the Cubs could get a ton for him.

Bryant’s early success helps his trade value, as well as serving as a catalyst to his team’s offense.

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