February 24, 2021

Cubs’ Kris Bryant avoids trade speculation, wants to be ‘in the loop’ (ESPN)

MESA — Guitar lessons and shopping for baby stuff. That’s how Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant filled his time in the offseason, all while avoiding social media.

Bryant, 28, was aware his name was being mentioned in trade rumors but mostly from screenshots sent by friends. He did his best to avoid the speculation, but it wasn’t easy.

“I understand it, but I do my best to tune it out,” Bryant said after reporting to Cubs camp on Saturday. “It’s hard. It’s really hard. … Twitter is the worst thing in the world.

“I always expected to be here. Pretty happy about it and ready to get going. … I’ve had a lot of doctor appointments and baby stuff and getting a nursery ready.”

Bryant and his wife, Jessica, are expecting their first child, but will the baby grow up in Chicago or elsewhere? The team has indicated they are open to moving anyone, and Bryant’s name has been mentioned, in part, because he’ll be a free agent in two years.

The former MVP seemed perturbed by the speculation, especially any rumors indicating that he turned down a massive contract.

“The biggest thing with the trade rumors, which has disappointed me, is ‘let’s get rid of him now because he doesn’t want to be…

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