Cubs open to trading 3B Kris Bryant

Cubs open to trading 3B Kris Bryant

"We've never operated on 'untouchables.' I just think it sends the wrong message", Epstein said, reiterating a point he has made nearly annually. Epstein went on to suggest that like any organization, they'll always be open to listening, but that's just an operating philosophy and nothing more. It's possible Bryant could be traded as soon as this winter.

According to ESPN, the Cubs' willingness to discuss proposals includes dealing third baseman Kris Bryant, who won the Rookie of the Year award in 2015 and MVP the next season.

After the 2016 World Series, it seemed that the Cubs might have a chance at a dynasty, with an incredible core of young position players - Bryant, Rizzo, left-handed slugger Kyle Schwarber, middle infielders Addison Russell and Javier Baez, and catcher Willson Contreras. Here are five teams the Chicago Cubs could deal Bryant to if they were so inclined.

We'll see what the winter holds.

"Hopefully, he has better success at this than I did", said Davis. Things didn't mesh easily or all the time with the players.

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Bringing Kris Bryant to Atlanta is likely a pipe dream for a team unlikely to mortgage their future at the expense of one player.

Now before you panic, that doesn't say the Cubs are trading Bryant. Normally a 25-30 a year homerun hitter Bryant managed only 13 homers, along with a career-worst.272 average. It is a common practice in Major League Baseball for clubs to keep elite prospects in the minors in order to delay their free-agency or arbitration eligibility.

Bryant will not be a free agent until the 2022 season and he's coming off a down year and shoulder issues, so the Chicago Cubs wouldn't exactly be selling high.

What is sure to be an interesting winter for the Chicago Cubs just got a bit more interesting less than two weeks before Thanksgiving.

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