It’s been widely assumed, especially since the departure of Theo Epstein as Cubs President of Baseball Operations and Jed Hoyer succeeding him, that the Cubs were setting themselves up for major changes this offseason. That includes the possible trades of major stars, including Kris Bryant.
Here’s the latest Bryant trade rumor:
Sources: #Nats are considering a trade for #Cubs 3B Kris Bryant, among numerous hitters they’re currently monitoring on the market. Free agent DJ LeMahieu is another option, as I reported earlier today on @MLBNetwork. @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 20, 2020
Take this with the usual multiple grains of salt. “Hitters they’re currently monitoring on the market.” Could mean anything, from serious interest to kicking the tires.
I don’t generally traffic in trade rumors here, because most of them don’t mean a thing. But let’s say there are actual legs to this. What sort of return would be appropriate for Bryant, who had a bad, injury-plagued 2020 season in which he played just over half of the games and hit .206/.293/.351 (27-for-131) with four home runs? Those numbers would have looked a lot worse, too, if KB hadn’t come back from injury and gone 3-for-8 with two homers in the final two games of the regular season. His OPS went up 61 points in those two games, which just tells you what a small sample size the 2020 season was.
So Bryant’s trade value is probably fairly low…