Chicago Cubs: Is Kris Bryant on the Move This Offseason?

With the MLB offseason in full swing now, will there be a ton of player movement this offseason? One of the players that couple potentially be traded this offseason is Chicago Cubs third baseman, Kris Bryant.

Chicago did not make it to the playoffs last season. They hired a new manager in the offseason in David Ross. General Manager Theo Epstein knows that the farm system is not very good at this point.

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In order for them to be good in the next several years, the Cubs are going to have trade a player or two. Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo will be off-limits in trade talks.

Kris Bryant is 27 years old and his contract expires after the 2021 season. If the Cubs do not trade Bryant now, he will be a big name at the trade deadline next summer.

His numbers last season were .282 with 31 home runs and 77 RBI’s, along with four stolen bases. Kris Bryant’s on-base percentage was .382. Bryant won MVP in the National League in 2016 when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.

In his career so far, Kris Bryant’s batting average is .284 with 138 home runs and 403 RBI’s, along with 34 stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .385.

The Cubs are probably better off trading him now. Which teams could potentially trade for him this offseason?

Washington Nationals

The first team that comes to mind is the Washington Nationals. If Anthony Rendon does not re-sign with the team, they are going to need a third baseman. Washington is going to want to contend for a very long time. Bryant would fit in the middle of the lineup perfectly with outfielder Juan Soto. A good trade for the Chicago Cubs in this situation would be Kris Bryant for #1 prospect SS/2B Carter Kieboom, #3 prospect RHP Jackson Rutledge, #7 prospect 3B Drew Mendoza, and #15 prospect LHP Ben Braymer.

Atlanta Braves

The second team that comes to mind is the Atlanta Braves. Josh Donaldson is a free agent and I don’t know if Atlanta will re-sign him. The Braves have one of the best farm systems in baseball. Atlanta would be thrilled to receive some of those prospects they have in return. A good trade for the Cubs would be #1 prospect outfielder Cristian Pache, #3 prospect right-handed pitcher Ian Anderson, #19 prospect third baseman C.J. Alexander, and #20 prospect RHP Daysbel Hernandez.

New York Mets

The third team that comes to mind is the New York Mets. General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen needs to make a splash and they need help at third baseman. Van Wagenen needs to help out first-year Manager Carlos Beltran as much as possible and Bryant would be another solid bat in that lineup. A possible Cubs-Mets trade would be #2 prospect 3B Brett Baty, #3 prospect shortstop Andres Giminez, #9 prospect right-handed pitcher Josh Wolf, and #22 prospect Jordan Humphreys.

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New York Yankees

The fourth team that comes to mind is the New York Yankees. Even though they have Gio Urshela, do they think he is the answer at third base in the long run? Bryant would be a major upgrade. Miguel Andujar would be a part of this trade. Clint Frazier would potentially be dealt as well here. The two prospects I would give up along with those players is #1 prospect right-handed pitcher Deivi Garcia and #3 prospect outfielder Estevan Florial.

Los Angeles Angels

The fifth team that comes to mind is the Los Angeles Angels. They have Mike Trout and Albert Pujols around already. Joe Maddon is the new manager of this team. He was in Chicago ever since 2015. Bryant would bring another solid bat to the lineup. A potential trade for him would be #2 prospect OF Brandon Marsh, #4 prospect SS Will Wilson, #5 prospect SS/2B Jeremiah Jackson, and #10 prospect Jose Soriano.

I think the team he that would most likely acquire him via trade this offseason would be the Washington Nationals or the Atlanta Braves. The Los Angeles Angels would kind of make sense. The New York Mets and the New York Yankees would be long shots.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Diego Padres, and the Minnesota Twins could be some other teams that could be in play for Kris Bryant this offseason.

How would you feel if the Chicago Cubs moved Kris Bryant? Leave a comment below.

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