Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant’s major league debut on Friday against the Padres didn’t exactly go as expected. The 23-year-old went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, though he did flash some good leather on the defensive side of things.
Things went better for Bryant on Saturday, as he went 2-for-3 with three walks and an RBI single. The RBI single — a broken bat blooper to shallow center field off of Tyson Ross — came in the fifth inning, tying the game at 2-2 at the time, and marked Bryant’s first major league hit and RBI. His other single came in the 11th inning when he beat out an infield grounder against reliever Craig Kimbrel, moving the winning run to third base with one out in the process. The Cubs won two batters later on Starlin Castro’s RBI single to left field.
Watch Bryant’s first hit and RBI here:
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Bryant had a torrid spring, leading all hitters nine home runs while also knocking in 15 runs and batting .425 in 40 at-bats. The Cubs, in an effort to delay his major league service time, had Bryant start the season at Triple-A Iowa. In 33 plate appearances with Iowa, Bryant hit .321 with three home runs and 10 RBI.
ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.
The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.
“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”
He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.
Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.
His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.
He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.
Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.
He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.