Third baseman Kris Bryant, after much speculation, is to sign with the Colorado Rockies after agreeing to a seven-year, $182m contract, having become a free agent during the winter.
Bryant, who is 40/1 to win the National League Most Valuable Player award in 2022, is headed to his third team in eight months, having spent his first six major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, who traded him to the San Francisco Giants in July.
Bryant won the World Series with the Cubs and was the 2016 National League MVP and had a combined 25 home runs and 73 RBI's last season and he managed eight hits in the Giants’ five-game play-off loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Bryant played well enough in 2021 to earn his fourth career All-Star selection, following a rough 2020 in which he struggled at the plate and with injuries.
Colorado has landed a huge free-agent deal to move for the middle-of-the-order bat and a fielder who can play either base corners or even the outfield if required.
Bryant can also join Charlie Blackmon as the Rockies' designated hitter this season, amongst others.
The Rockies have tried to be competitive in the NL West after a roster upheaval over the past year, including last year's trade of Nolan Arenado and the impending departure of shortstop Trevor Story.
Bryant got off to a hot start last season, hitting .322 in April and .327 in May, but he slumped in June and then was traded to the Giants the following month, bringing his seven-year career with the Cubs to an end.
Overall, Bryant is a .278 career hitter with 167 home runs and 487 RBI's and he will hopefully enjoy the hitter-friendly ballpark at Coors Field.