Over the last few seasons, the Chicago Cubs have found themselves throwing All-Star third baseman Kris Bryant into the rumor mill. Coming off a shortened season in which he only appeared in 34 games, Bryant was limited to a career-low .206 batting average and .293 on-base percentage.
With the non-tender deadline approaching on December 2nd, Bryant is reportedly not one of the players across the MLB in danger. Per Jon Heyman, the Cubs are still expected to consider all trade options involving Bryant.
Bryant, 28, holds a projected salary of $18.6 million for the upcoming season. Other candidates for the non-tender for the Cubs include first baseman Jose Martinez, outfielder Albert Amora Jr, or outfielder Kyle Schwarber.
Through various reports, Chicago could be hoping that Bryant’s output through the upcoming season will result in finding a trade suitor towards the Trade Deadline. Sports Illustrated has detailed the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, St Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals as teams that should consider dealing for the former MVP.