MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs Near To Sealing Deal For Bryant – Report
KEY POINTSKris Bryant and Willson Contreras’ trades are gaining steam, reports sayThe Mets are most likely out of the race for BryantAngels and Phillies make good sense for Contreras, experts suggest
Kris Bryant is one of the leading names in the MLB trade rumor mill, but absolutely nothing has gone down. Nevertheless, that might all change in the coming days with “industry chatter” claiming that the three-time All-Star will be dealt away quickly, a report says.
Nevertheless, it may not just be the 29-year-old who is leaving Chicago. There are murmurs as well that Willson Contreras is on his method out. MLB Network expert Jon Heyman tweeted that the Cubs “continue to listen to deals for” both Contreras and Bryant.
Andy Martino of SNY.tv reported that there’s “market chatter” the Cubs will trade Bryant “as quickly as this weekend.” International Organization Times might not individually validate the details.
One group that has actually been linked to Bryant however may be out of the race is the New York Mets. NBC Sports reported that the Cubs and the Mets held dialogues about the 3rd baseman, however this occurred weeks ago. Likewise worth keeping in mind is that these conversations were held before the Mets obtained Francisco Lindor.
Factoring in the monetary side of things, the Mets might no longer be pursuing the one-time MLB champ. Martino, pointing out unnamed league sources, reported that “the Mets and Cubs have actually not spoken in numerous weeks.” But then again, new club owner Steve Cohen swore to increase group spending after acquiring the franchise last November from the Wilpon and Katz households.
However, Martino also said that other groups are pursuing Bryant more aggressively. These could be the Braves, Dodgers and Blue Jays, per NBC Sports.
Up until a deal is signed, Bryant stays under the control of the Cubs next season. He is projected to make roughly $20 million in arbitration, a substantial cost that interested MLB groups require to think about.
As for Contreras, he is not short of suitors too. Heyman said that a possible landing spot for Contreras might be the Los Angeles Angels. A reason behind this is the Joe Maddon link, per MLB Network expert Ken Rosenthal, but Heyman emphasized that “absolutely nothing more concrete” is known at the moment.
The Philadelphia Phillies might be considering him, particularly if they are not able to re-sign J.T. Realmuto. NBC Sports suggested that the 28-year-old could be a good backup prepare for the Phillies if an offer can be agreed upon.
Thinking about Contreras is one of the Cubs’ great players at the catcher position, it may take a lot to persuade Chicago to consent to a deal. For this reason, it all come down to what gamers and possessions the Angels, Phillies or any other team would be prepared to provide.
Kris Bryant is a leading candidate to win the NL MVP. Image: Getty