The Colorado Rockies made an unlikely splash in the free-agent market on Wednesday, reaching an agreement with former National League MVP Kris Bryant on a seven-year, $182 million contract, a person with knowledge of the deal tells USA TODAY Sports.
The person was not authorized to comment publicly because the deal has not yet been officially announced by the team.
Bryant, the 2015 NL Rookie of the Year and 2016 NL MVP with the Chicago Cubs, was traded to the San Francisco Giants last season. He hit a combined .265 with 25 home runs and 73 RBI between the two teams.
Kris Bryant during a Sept. 22, 2021 game with the San Francisco Giants.
Bryant, 30, is a four-time All-Star and a versatile defender.
He broke into the majors as a third baseman for the Cubs, but has played first base and the outfield over his career.
With Ryan McMahon at third base and C.J. Cron at first, Bryant would figure to see most of his time in the outfield with the Rockies.
Contributing: Bob Nightengale