Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Chicago Cubs open to trading 3B Kris Bryant

Chicago Cubs open to trading 3B Kris Bryant

Bryant is eligible for arbitration for three more years and won't hit the free agent market until 2022 at age 30. "Given what we're trying to accomplish, it would be virtually impossible to envision a deal that would make sense to move them". "Like most every organization, we will listen to anything, but that's just an operating philosophy".

A two-time all-star and the NL rookie of the year in 2015, Bryant was instrumental in the Cubs' 2016 World Series title, when he also won NL MVP, but a 2018 season that saw him play just 102 games as he battled through injury.

Untouchables? "It's semantics", said Theo Epstein, who is not shopping either Rizzo or Bryant in trade talks. It's possible Bryant could be traded as soon as this winter. For starters, the Cubs have tried and failed multiple times to re-sign Bryant long-term. Maybe they'll move a number of guys, or maybe they won't move anyone.

Chicago put together a fourth straight 90-plus win season in 2018, but things fell off the proverbial cliff late. In 2014, Bryant hit.325 with 43 homers in 138 games in the minors, but he was not on the Cubs' Opening Day roster.

And nobody is more important to that than Bryant, the best overall hitter on the roster - who was hampered and idled for lengthy stretches last season by left shoulder soreness. Therefore, it could be as simple as getting him healthy.

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Despite the power drop-off, he still hit.272/.374/.460 last season.

"I answered a general question about whether we have untouchables", Epstein told Paul Sullivan of The Chicago Tribune.

"We are lucky to have some impact players and we are looking to add to them, not subtract".

We've seen it all already this winter.

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