The Cubs are open to making some major moves this offseason as ESPN reported Friday that Chicago has informed other teams it’s “willing to discuss trade proposals for almost all of the players on their roster.”
According to ESPN, the Cubs’ willingness to discuss proposals includes dealing third baseman Kris Bryant, who won the Rookie of the Year award in 2015 and MVP the next season. It’s possible Bryant could be traded as soon as this winter.
Head of baseball operations Theo Epstein was asked at the GM meetings earlier this week about the availability of Bryant and first baseman Anthony Rizzo. He explained the Cubs have “never operated with untouchables.”
“We’ve never operated with untouchables,” Epstein said. “It sends the wrong message. Given what we’re trying to accomplish, it would be virtually impossible to envision the deal that would make sense to move them. I just don’t believe in untouchables. Why limit yourself?”
Bryant struggled in 2018, batting .272 with 13 homers as he was limited to 102 games. He went on the disabled list twice with left shoulder issues.
Bryant, who turns 27 in January, hasn’t reached a long-term deal with the Cubs, though the team made a significant offer last winter. He is eligible to enter free agency after the 2021 season.