Versatile Bryant shines as Cubs surge into contention

CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant’s versatility — while producing offensive numbers that belong alongside his NL MVP season in 2016 — is a big reason why Chicago is on top of the NL Central once again, helping the Cubs go on a 22-9 run while dealing with a rash of injuries. But Bryant is eligible for free agency after this season, creating a complicated situation for the team’s front office ahead of next month’s trade deadline. Talking about his resurgent season, Bryant tells the AP: “It’s just who I am.”