Cubs send Bryant to San Francisco
By: Mike Stiles - Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Kris Bryant (photo courtesy of Chicago Sun Times)

(CHICAGO) - Kris Bryant was the face of the Chicago Cubs for a long time. His new bosses in San Francisco were thrilled that joining the Giants meant so much to him, despite the emotions of leaving the only major league team he has ever known. Bryant grew up in Las Vegas and loved to watch Giants slugger Barry Bonds, and now the versatile star will get a chance to play not only at the home run king's former position in left field, but all over the diamond. The 29 year old Bryant, whose NL MVP season of 2016 helped the Cubs win their first World Series title in 108 years, got word while wearing his Chicago uniform and was shown fighting emotions in the visitors dugout in Washington. San Francisco sought an experienced third baseman who can also play multiple positions given the club has been without Evan Longoria at the hot corner because of a sprained shoulder since June 5, when he got hurt in a collision with shortstop Brandon Crawford. Longoria is on the 60-day injured list. Chicago received right-hander Caleb Kilian and outfielder Alexander Canario in the deal, with the Giants picking up the rest of Bryant's hefty contract that is paying him $19.5 million this year.