The disturbing pace of the free agent signings of the big leagues is beginning to boil.
Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is the latest star player to express concern that Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain unsigned with less than a month left for spring training.
"It's really weird," the 2016 National League Most Valuable Player said Friday at the Cubs' winter fan convention. "Two of the best players in the game, and they have very little interest in them, from what I've heard, it's not good, it's something that will have to change, I know a lot of the other players are pretty upset about that." . "
Bryant was also asked why the free agent market has slowed down considerably in the past two years.
Kris Bryant becomes a free agent in 2020. (Photo: Bill Streicher, USA Today Sports)
"There are not enough teams trying to be competitive," Bryant said. "There are a lot of teams out there that have the money to spend, but they're not doing it, it's very confusing for me, you know, if I were an owner, president, general manager, I'd love to have Bryce Harper or Manny Machado on my team. Just playing against them, they are very frustrating and they are the best talent that exists, it seems that there are only a few teams that really love them. "
Bryant and Harper are represented by agent Scott Boras, who said last January "Non-competitive cancer "is ruining baseball.
"You work for that moment in your career," Bryant said. "You feel that all the teams should want you, so that they do not have that, it could be discouraging for them … It's not about greed, they've worked hard to secure the contracts that are worthy of it."
Evan Longoria, of the San Francisco Giants, also badyzed the situation in his Instagram post that showed a photo of Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel, Harper and Machado.
"We have less than a month since the beginning of spring and, once again, some of the biggest beginnings of our games remain unsigned It's a shame It seems that every day someone is inventing a new badytical tool to devalue players , especially to free agents. " He said the post of longoria.
Pitchers and catchers report the week of February 11 and six of the top 10 free agents remain unsigned.
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