(670 The Score) The possibility of the Cubs dealing any of their icons looks like it may well go down to the wire on the afternoon of the July 30 trade deadline.
The Cubs’ trade chips include closer Craig Kimbrel, infielder/outfielder Kris Bryant, shortstop Javier Baez and first baseman Anthony Rizzo, each of whom is on a path to free agency at season’s end. Clearly, the Cubs haven’t found a deal to their liking yet, and the dynamic surrounding each player hasn’t changed much in recent days.
The primary interest from opposing teams has centered on Kimbrel, Bryant and other Cubs relievers, sources said. There have been fewer discussions regarding Baez and Rizzo.
Teams are really hesitant to give up their top prospects for a rental player in the current marketplace. So if the Cubs want to extract premier talent from an opposing club, bundling Kimbrel and Bryant together to the same team could be an option.
With that idea in mind, the NL East may be the best place to look. The Mets’ interest in Bryant has been and remains real, sources said, and two other teams in the division have inquired about him as well. Kimbrel would also give a big, immediate boost to any team in MLB as well.
Beyond the negotiating tactics, another one of the reasons so many trades happen on deadline day is because a full week in MLB can represent an eternity as clubs decide their direction and exactly where they stack up. And that's about how long remains until the trade deadline, as eight days are left before final decisions must be made.