According to the MLB Network‚ Kris Bryant has agreed to a seven-year‚ $182M contract with the Colorado Rockies. He can play multiple positions‚ but has made his name at third base. The agreement will fill the void left by the trade of Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals before the 2021 season. The 25-year-old was selected No. 2 overall in the 2013 MLB Draft by the Cubs. He won the NL Rookie of the Year award and MVP award in 2016 and was injured in 2021. The seven-year deal includes a $22MM no-trade clause and guarantees the player that he will be in Colorado for the remainder of his career. It is the largest guaranteed contract of any baseball player in the past few years‚ but only Corey Seager has more money to guarantee than Bryant. His salary will be higher than that of Freddie Freeman and Carlos Correa‚ but he's not going to get that kind of money. The Rockies are hoping to get a long-term relationship with Bryant and expect the slugger to play everyday. Although he has been a third baseman in his career‚ Colorado has a Gold Glove caliber defender in the hot corner‚ which means that Bryant will spend the bulk of his time in the corner outfield. In San Francisco‚ he primarily played third base and didn't seem comfortable in the difficult right field.
Third baseman Kris Bryant and the Colorado Rockies are in agreement on a seven-year, $182 million contract, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 16, 2022
Bryant gets $182M for 7 years — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 16, 2022