Rumor: Cubs May Be Trading All-Star Third Baseman To Mets


In the midst of them being sellers, a Cubs scout was spotted at a Mets Low-A affiliate game, according to The Athletic. This is rather significant news, as the Cubs and Mets discussed a potential Kris Bryant deal thisoff-season, but it failed to come into fruition. With the Cubs rapidly falling out of playoff contention and Bryant set to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end, a trade seems imminent. 

It's been well-documented that Mets are in dire need of an upgrade at third base and Bryant is the perfect fit. Jonathan Villar has been struggling in this role for the Mets, so he may be better-suited as a depth piece. Although he likely would be a rental, he would be a fantastic short-term fix for the postseason. Keep in mind, he is a World Series champion, of course. 

Bryant is also having a great season and has made the NL All-Star team. In 80 games played thus far, the 29-year-old has a .271 batting average and 16 home runs. This certainly is the type of offense that the Mets would love to add to their lineup. Furthermore, he is a very versatile player, so he can moved around the field if needed. 

The Mets' past interest in Bryant and the Cubs desperately needing to trade him makes this recent development extremely suspicious. The Cubs cannot lose him for nothing, and the Mets absolutely would be willing to give up a lot to get him. 

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