Is it finally time for the Chicago Cubs to trade Kris Bryant?
Kris Bryant cemented himself as a Chicago Cubs legend over his six-year career with the team. With the Cubs’ lacklustre runs, it might be time to trade Bryant. The Cubs look like a prime seller during the July 30, 2021 trade deadline with their lacklustre record in their division.
At the moment, the Milwaukee Brewers are the leaders of the NL Central which is far ahead of the Cubs. Most people believe that the Cubs will have a fire sale with their players due to their decision to trade outfielder Joc Pederson to the Atlanta Braves back on the 15th of July. The Cubs have failed to lock their stars to long-term contracts which have stifled their flexibility.
Before the 2021 season, Bryant came to a one-year deal with the Cubs which essentially means they have to trade him. If they don’t do it, they will let him go for free without any assets in return. That will be a disastrous move because Bryant will most likely move to another team in the offseason so they need to cash in now and trade him for assets like draft picks or even a player/s in return.
The Cubs’ homegrown trio is likely over
This current Cubs era has been defined by the homegrown trio of Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Javier Báez. All three stars declined contract extensions beyond 2021 and it looks like the Cubs are set to undergo a rebuild with three of their stars leaving the team. Bryant will be the biggest name out of the bunch since he’s a former NL MVP even if the Cubs still have a chance to trade him while he’s still under contract.
President of baseball operations Jed Hoyer talked about the Cubs’ future.
‘When you're in this moment and your playoff odds get into single digits at this time of year, you have to keep one eye on the future and think about what moves you can potentially make that can help build the next great Cubs team’, Hoyer said. ‘I think you have to think through those things. I think it'd be irresponsible not to take those phone calls and think through it’.
Should the Cubs start the rebuild now?
With the trade deadline fast approaching, it would be a bad move for the Cubs to stay idle. They already decided to send Pederson out but they need to be more assertive with moving Bryant too before July 30.
If they can secure a deal with a good team for Bryant, it will be a good way to end the partnership. Bryant's time with the Cubs has been successful but even with several wins in tow, an amicable split between the two parties is almost certain.
Words: Cholo Martin