According to ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan, the Cubs might explore trading Kris Bryant in the offseason. (Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
According to ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan, the Cubs might explore trading Kris Bryant in the offseason. (Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Cubs reportedly willing to listen to trade offers for Kris Bryant


by - Senior Writer -

CHICAGO — Although the MLB offseason is still over two months away, the hot stove is already heating up. According to ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan, the Chicago Cubs are expected to be heavily involved in the free-agent and trade markets this fall, and, apparently, not even star third baseman Kris Bryant is untouchable.

Passan dropped a bombshell in his latest article that claims that executives from around the league expect the Cubs to be open to listening to trade offers for Bryant, who is under contract through the 2021 season. It is worth noting that Bryant shied away from extension talks with the Cubs this past offseason, so it might not be too far-fetched to think that the Cubs would be willing to deal him.

On the topic of Bryant, Passan said the following: "Bryant is the wild card. A not-uncommon feeling inside the Cubs organization is the need for a big shake-up. Perhaps Maddon leaving would provide that. The sentiment among some extends to the players too. And with Javier Baez a reasonable bet to stick around — more on that later — and Bryant a Boras client more prone to testing free agency, the Cubs may see him as a combination of Betts and Lindor: a star with two years of control primed to hold out for free agency but capable beforehand of enriching a farm system in desperate need of help after years of dealing away its most valuable pieces."

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