Two of baseball brightest prospects were supposed to be the biggest draw at Monday’s Futures Game between the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.
Instead, neither both third baseman, the Rangers’ Joey Gallo nor the Cubs’ Kris Bryant, saw the field at Sloan Park.
Gallo was scratched from the lineup because of a sore left heel. He was dressed out and hoped to play in the game but sat out as a precaution. Gallo played well in his first major league camp with the Rangers this spring but was sent back down to minor’s camp last week.
Bryant, the 23-year-old who opened eyes this spring in the Cubs’ major league camp, batting .425 with nine homers and 15 RBIs in 40 at-bats. But he was sent to Chicago’s minor league camp Monday.
The move was seen as many critics as a crass business decision by the Cubs. According to baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, if Bryant spends 12 or more days in the minor leagues it will delay his eligibility for free agency by one year, until after the 2021 season.
Bryant was not at the park Monday night.
The Major League Baseball Players Association was not happy with the Cubs, either.
“Today is a bad day for baseball,” the players association said in a statement. “I think we all know that even if Kris Bryant were a combination of the greatest players to play our game, and perhaps he will be before it’s all said and done, the Cubs still would have made the decision they made today. This decision, and other similar decisions made by clubs will be addressed in litigation, bargaining or both.”
The Rangers were leading the Cubs 2-0 in the sixth inning when the top prospects for both organizations were replaced by even younger prospects from the Class A level.
Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760