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Speaking Thursday, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant said he remains interested in a possible long-term deal with the Cubs.
I’ve always said I’ve been open and willing to hear whatever (they have) to say and would take it with open arms and consider everything that is thrown my way," Bryant said. I’ve communicated that well with them.” The former MVP was mentioned in trade rumors throughout the winter but a deal never materialized. Set to enter a rebuild, it would seem unlikely that Chicago wants to lock him up to a big extension. Bryant is a candidate to be traded this summer.
SNY's Andy Martino reports the Mets and Cubs are engaged in discussions regarding a possible Kris Bryant trade.
The two sides were discussing a Bryant deal earlier in the offseason before talks eventually fell through. More recently, the Mets have been linked to Justin Turner, but Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has since reported the two sides aren't close on dollars. New York already has a log jam when it comes to position players without the universal DH, so it's entirely up in the air who could be going back in a theoretical Bryant trade.
Kris Bryant agrees to one-year, $19.5 million deal with the Cubs to avoid arbitration.
Bryant was in the final year of his arbitration eligibility and has been rumored to be on the trading block this offseason as the Cubs are looking to shed more payroll. Now that his salary is locked in, his market could start to heat up.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Cubs will tender a contract to 2016 NL MVP Kris Bryant.
Nightengale adds that the Cubs won't be extending contracts to Kyle Schwarber or Albert Almora, however. Bryant had a disastrous 2020 campaign, hitting just .206 with four homers while posting a .644 OPS. He'll be a free agent after 2021, but he's still a candidate to be traded this offseason.
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports Cubs 3B Kris Bryant is unlikely to be traded before Wednesday's deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligibile players.
Morosi adds that Bryant's market should become "clearer" after that. More activity is expected to occur around the league beginning on Thursday. Bryant keeps popping up in trade rumors, and the former MVP could certainly be on the move this winter. The Nationals are one of the teams that have been linked to Bryant this offseason.