Kris Bryant and the Colorado Rockies agreed to a seven-year, $182 million contract, according to multiple reports Wednesday.
The 30-year-old can play multiple positions, but he’s spent most of his career at third base and would fill the void left after the Rockies traded Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals before the 2021 season.
Bryant, the No. 2 pick in the 2013 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs, was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2015 and the NL MVP in 2016, when he helped the Cubs win the World Series for the first time since 1908.
The four-time All-Star is a career .278 hitter with 167 homers and 487 RBIs in 884 games during seven major league seasons.
Bryant was ineligible for a qualifying offer from the San Francisco Giants, who acquired him from the Cubs at the trade deadline in 2021.
In 51 games with the Giants, Bryant had 49 hits, 20 for extra bases, helping them win the NL West and lead the major leagues with 107 wins. He batted .262 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs, finishing the season with a .265 average, 25 home runs and 73 RBIs.
He hit the open market in an offseason that features former Cubs 2016 World Series champion teammates Javy Baez and Anthony Rizzo. All three players were traded by the Cubs last July. Baez, who spent the final two months of the season with the New York Mets, signed with the Detroit Tigers. Rizzo, who finished the season with the New York Yankees, agreed to a two-year deal earlier this week to remain with the Yankees.