When looking at the economics of this it is hard to miss the underlying reason for him being sent down. He is simply worth more in 2021 than he is for 12 days at the beginning of the 2015 season. And when you factor in Scott Boras as his agent, and the reputation he has for testing the free agent market with his clients, it only adds to the case of sending him down. Furthermore, the Cubs know his agent rarely accepts extension offers, all but ensuring he will end up as a free agent.
The biggest thing in Bryant’s favor is the extra experience he will have when it comes time for arbitration or to negotiate his next contract. By delaying his service clock, the Cubs have given him the opportunity to prove himself longer and he will be able to demand a higher price during arbitration. So while he may have to miss the beginning of the season he is being put into a situation he may benefit more from.
When thinking about the way MLB handles the players, is if fair to the player to be held back a full year from receiving a big contract for only 12 days of service at the beginning of their career? What options do the players have considering they play in a monopolistic environment where there is no close substitute? Let me know what you think in the comments below.