When the Chicago Cubs traded for centerfielder Dexter Fowler, Cubs fans grew excited for much more than an added speed presence at the top of the lineup. With the Cubs shipping off starting third baseman Luis Valbuena, the thought of mega prospect Kris Bryant stepping into the Wrigley Field batter’s box on Opening Day, seemed like a reality.
Then, Cubs GM Jed Hoyer decided to crush Cubs fans everywhere. Per MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat:
“It’s totally independent,” Hoyer said. “Kris’ development is independent of any move we made today. We have a number of guys who will be working at third [this spring].”
The list includes Mike Olt, Tommy La Stella, and possibly Arismendy Alcantara. Javier Baez also could get some playing time there, although he’s projected to start at second base for the Cubs. Baez was currently playing winter ball in Puerto Rico …
“When Kris is ready, when we think he’s ready to come up to the big leagues, we’ll make that decision but certainly trading Valbuena will not speed up that clock at all,” Hoyer said. “It’s all dependent on Kris.”
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