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Cubs' demotion of Kris Bryant sparks outcry

MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs reassigned slugger Kris Bryant to minor-league camp Monday, prompting protests from the Major League Baseball Players Association. The Cubs also optioned second baseman Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa and sent shortstop Addison Russell to minor league camp. Bryant hit nine home runs -- tops among all spring training players -- and batted .425 but has yet to play a full season at Triple-A Iowa. "His performance mattered," Cubs President Theo Epstein said. "He made a great first impression on (manager) Joe (Maddon) and clearly demonstrated to everyone -- including us -- that he's very close to being not just in the big leagues but to be playing an important ...

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