July 24, 2021

Make up your own crazy Kris Bryant trade (Bleed Cubbie Blue)

It seems very likely that the Cubs will trade one of their “core” players this offseason, and personally, I think Kris Bryant is going to be that guy.

Why? Largely because he’s got two years of team control remaining (unless the grievance currently being decided goes in his favor, in which case that drops to one year), which could be attractive to a team dealing for him. He’s very likely not going to sign a contract extension with the Cubs, so why not get some value now?

I’ve already written four articles here regarding possible trade proposals or rumors this offseason regarding KB: here, here, here and here.

This one’s going to be a bit different, and I want your participation. Here are the ground rules: Make up a Kris Bryant trade that’s plausible, but crazy. Something neither of the teams involved might have thought of, but just might work. We’re heading into a holiday weekend, so let’s have some fun.

Here’s my proposal: Kris Bryant and Jose Quintana to the White Sox for Lucas Giolito.

Now that’s bold, right? The Cubs would save $29 million (per MLB Trade Rumors’ estimate of KB’s arbitration salary plus Q’s $10.5 million), and get a really good…

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