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Here come the Kris Bryant trade rumors again

Please, make them stop.

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We are just six days away from the first full-squad workout for the Cubs this spring. And some Cubs players were already holding informal workouts earlier this week.

Kris Bryant will presumably be one of the players taking part in that full-squad workout next Monday. But in The Athetic, Patrick Mooney writes that the Cubs might still be looking to make a trade — any trade:

This is why the Cubs are still feeling a sense of urgency to do something as players begin reporting to spring training. The Cubs are still active in the trade market, sources said, with almost a week remaining before their first full-squad workout.

That means the Kris Bryant rumors aren’t going away anytime soon.

Note that this doesn’t specifically mention KB. Mooney goes on to post some of the teams that might be a good fit for Bryant, including the Rockies. About two weeks ago I wrote this article on the possibility of a straight-up Bryant-for-Nolan Arenado trade, something that would make little sense if the Cubs are gung-ho to stay under the first luxury tax level. (FWIW, I’d make that deal, even if Theo & Co. wouldn’t.)

I’d say that any team feeling the “sense of urgency do to something” is doing it wrong. Make a move for the sake of making a move? That almost never works out well in modern baseball. This isn’t 1984, where at the end of spring training the Cubs could send a reliever whose welcome had been worn out and receive two key parts of that division championship ballclub. Times change, and the bottom line is the bottom line, one of the reasons Bryant is on the market in the first place.

Do you trade Bryant if you get blown away with an offer? I’m not going to say “yes,” only “probably,” and the Cubs don’t appear to be getting blown away by anything right now.

Six more days until Kris Bryant joins the rest of the Cubs on the back fields in Mesa for the first full-squad workout. I’m reasonably certain he’ll be there that day, will play in spring games for the Cubs and will be in the lineup for them Opening Day in Milwaukee.

The rest is just noise.


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