After a 84-78 season, the Chicago Cubs were expected to make a few moves this offseason. For a team that previously won the World Series in 2016, last season marked the first time they missed the postseason since 2014.
One player rumored to be on the trade market has been third baseman Kris Bryant. With an ongoing grievance case, he could potentially hit free agency after this upcoming season.
However, those rumors seem to be fizzling out fast. According to reports, trade talks between the Cubs and the Washington Nationals “have gone nowhere”.
One reason that the trade talks have been hesitant is because of the fact that Josh Donaldson is still on the free agency market. Instead of dealing away multiple prospects in hopes of landing Bryant, many teams are looking to acquire a 34-year old option in Donaldson at a much cheaper price tag.
According to a former General Manager, the current asking price for Bryant “is a joke”. With a high asking price from the Cubs, most claim that he is not the player he used to be.
Since his stellar 2016 campaign, Bryant’s numbers have dipped. Still viewed as a centerpiece talent, opposing teams simply aren’t interested in paying the current asking price for Bryant.
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