Kris Bryant says big changes needed in CBA – and he's ready to fight for them

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MESA, Ariz. – Kris Bryant is four seasons from a free agent payday, years removed from the action – or inaction – that occurred this winter, when the market was depressed for superstars and role players alike.

Yet, the Chicago Cubs superstar and 2016 National League MVP felt a change within him, as he grasped the ramifications of a system that’s already worked against his interests.

Bryant is eligible for free agency after the 2022 season. That’s one year after the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association.

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Bryant says he expects significant changes in the next round of negotiations – and insists on lending his voice to the fight.

“I do see some big changes in the next CBA – stuff that we’ll have to fight for,” Bryant told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. “I do know that I’d love to be more involved, because a couple years ago, I’m just coming up and…

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