June 17, 2021

Here’s a wild Cubs trade proposal from a national writer involving Kris Bryant. Would it work? (Bleed Cubbie Blue)


We’re in the silly season for trade proposals. There is no better example of that than this trade proposal, made by national baseball writer Joel Sherman on MLB Network, tweeted Thursday by the @CubsLive account:

Whoa whoa whoa whoa. So the Cubs, in this proposal, would send $86 million worth of Jason Heyward’s contract and about $18.5 million worth of Kris Bryant (per a MLB Trade Rumors arbitration estimate) and receive in return a pair of contracts worth about $57 million.

Well now. That’s a savings of about $50 million over the next four years. Great, right?

Not so much. Jay Bruce… well, he’ll be 33 in April and his last good year was 2017. He might be just about done. Jean Segura is nothing special, a 30-year-old shortstop who had a middling year for the Phillies in 2019.

The key to this deal, apparently would be what’s at the bottom of the screen:

Cubs would also receive 3 prospects

Here are the Phillies’ top prospects per mlb.com. To make this deal even somewhat palatable, the Cubs would likely ask for the top three names on that list, third baseman Alec Bohm, righthanded pitcher Spencer Howard and shortstop Bryson Stott.

Bohm was the Phillies’…

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