With free agency looming in November, Kris Bryant has likely already played his last game as a Cub. The 29-year-old sports a 132 wRC+ in 374 plate appearances this year, and has shown versatility in playing at least 80 innings at both infield corners and all three outfield positions. With a $19.5MM salary on the season, Bryant is still owed about $6.5MM this year. The 2016 NL MVP winner seems quite likely to be traded today, if the Cubs can muster up a return better than a compensatory draft pick. We’ll put the latest Bryant updates right here…
- The Giants and Bryant “are one pairing to watch,” tweets Jon Morosi of MLB Network. The Cubs are making trades left and right, sending Craig Kimbrel to the White Sox and Javier Baez to the Mets today.
- “It’s not a sure thing that [the] Cubs trade Bryant at all,” tweets Andy Martino of SNY. That would certainly qualify as a surprise.
- The Rays are talking with the Cubs about both Bryant and Craig Kimbrel, tweets Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Rosenthal notes that the Cubs may not necessarily package the two together, and a deal does not appear to be close.
- The Mets and Cubs “remain apart in Kris Bryant talks,” tweets Jon Heyman of MLB Network.