Kris Bryant Trade Rumors: 5 Potential Teams Cubs Could Deal Slugger to in 2020

John Healy
February 05, 2020 - 4:20 pm

With the blockbuster trade that sent Mookie Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the attention now turns to the next big potential name to be moved: Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant.

Bryant recently lost his service time manipulation grievance against the Cubs, which means he will become a free agent after the 2021 season, which makes him an attractive, cost-effective trade piece.

But why would the Cubs, a team that was in the thick of the playoff race last season, trade its All-Star third baseman?

The same reason why the Red Sox traded Betts: money.

Bryant is set to make $18.6 million in 2020, and reportedly rejected a $200 million contract with the Cubs already. With the Red Sox now setting the precedent of a big market team moving a star player to get under the luxury tax threshold, the Cubs are likely to follow suit.

The extra year of service time does buy the Cubs some time as well, but there are already reports that the organization has been in trade talks involving Bryant. Here are some of the possible destinations.