It was hard to separate fiction from reality during the offseason rumor mill for Kris Bryant this winter.
The Chicago Cubs third baseman has been at the center of MLB trade rumors this winter and at one point was reportedly set to be traded to the New York Mets within 48 hours.
Bryant revealed on Thursday during a media session at Cubs spring training that he even received a text message that said, “Welcome to the Mets.”
The former NL MVP promptly called his agent, Scott Boras, and spoke with Cubs president of baseball operations, Jed Hoyer, who let him know that information was not true.
An MVP in 2016, Bryant is coming off a career-worst, injury-plagued season in which he slashed .206/.293/.351 with four home runs and 11 RBI in just 34 games.
Because of his struggles and entering the final year before free agency, many believe the 29-year-old to be a prime trade candidate.
The Mets, despite shoring up their infield by trading for Francisco Lindor, have been linked to Bryant and possibly improving at third base, which is currently occupied by J.D. Davis.