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Kris Bryant Jokes New MLB Service-Time Rule Should Be Named for Him

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Seven years after the Cubs manipulated Kris Bryant’s service time to get an extra year of club control, the newly inked Rockies outfielder said he remains disappointed about one thing about that. And it has nothing to do with losing his grievance against the Cubs or having his free agency delayed by a year. "I’m just a little disappointed they didn’t name a rule after me," he said Thursday before facing the Cubs for the first time since signing a $182-million free agent deal with the Rockies. "I mean, Ohtani got his rule. I didn’t get a rule." Bryant’s case became a rallying cry for the union in addressing the long-contentious problem service-time manipulation in the new collective bargaining agreement — with players winning significant concessions that include awarding the top two finishers in Rookie of the Year balloting the full year of service time regardless of when they were promoted. The new CBA also rewards teams with extra draft picks for promoting players to Opening Day rosters and keeping them three for the full season, based on the players’ performances.