Kris Bryant has known for a while now that the Chicago Cubs won their arbitration hearing involving the third baseman’s service time grievance. On Monday night, the arbitrator’s report was released and the reasons why Theo Epstein and company won the day. The Chicago Tribune reported that the arbitrator, Mark Irvings, accepted Theo’s rationale for why Bryant was called up to the big leagues exactly one day after a deadline that gave the team an extra year of control.
Irvings wrote he didn’t see any “nefarious motive” for why Chicago waited to call up Kris Bryant, despite the player being one of the top prospects in all of baseball and most of the league knowing he was more talented than the guys who were blocking him on the 25-man roster. The media acquired the 42-page report issued by the arbitrator on Tuesday evening, and it details all the reasons and evidences the Cubs offered up to defend their decision.