Epstein claims `no hard feelings’ between Cubs, Bryant

MESA – (AP) Theo Epstein claims there are no hard feelings on either side in the relationship between the Chicago Cubs and Kris Bryant. Bryant’s grievance against the team was denied by arbitrator Mark Irvings. The arbitrator ruled the players’ association did not prove Chicago’s reasons for holding the third baseman in the minors at the start of the 2015 season were a pretext to push back his eligibility for free agency. Bryant is a three-time All-Star and the 2016 NL MVP. He is eligible for free agency after the 2021 season.