(670 The Score) With the Cubs coming off another disappointing early playoff exit and facing a crossroads of sorts with much of their core set to hit free agency after 2021, it’s no secret that they’re looking to revamp their roster a bit while trying to balance competing next season with what's best for their long-term future.
The question is how they’ll do that and to what extent they’re willing to go. One move that would certainly fit the bill of being significant would be a trade of third baseman Kris Bryant, and there appears to be an interested suitor emerging on that front.
The Nationals are considering a trade for Bryant, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reported Friday afternoon. The Nationals are interested in fortifying their offense and are also expressing interest in free-agent infielder DJ LeMahieu, Morosi reported. LeMahieu was an American League MVP finalist this past season.
HIs landing spot could affect how vigorously the Nationals pursue Bryant, who has one year left on his contract. Morosi characterized the Nationals as monitoring "numerous hitters" at this point, which would seem to be an indication that the Bryant discussions have only been preliminary.
Bryant, who turns 29 in January, struggled mightily in 2020, hitting .206 with four homers, 11 RBIs and a .644 OPS in 34 games. He dealt with various ailments, including a wrist injury. Bryant is a three-time All-Star who would the National League MVP award in 2016. He hit 31 homers and posted a .903 OPS in 147 games in 2019.