Imagining a Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves Kris Bryant trade
Chicago Cubs: Building an alternative plan
No, Willson Contreras is not going anywhere. It is the hope, anyway. Honestly, of the big four, a trade involving Contreras does not seem the most logical, especially at this point in his career. Hypothetically, and yes, we are playing hypotheticals if you hadn’t guessed, it would probably take the moon for Theo Epstein to part ways with ‘Willy.’
Say the Cubs do decide to move on from Contreras, which then leaves the door open for a future with Shea Langeliers, Atlanta’s number five overall prospect. Langeliers is another guy who it seems the Braves do not wish to part with, but come on, its freaking Kris Bryant!
It is projected that Langeliers is only a couple of seasons from reaching the big leagues. After being taken ninth overall, the 22-year-old former Baylor standout enjoyed decent success. Langeliers slashed .255/.310/.343 with a couple of home runs and 34 RBI.
While his numbers are not eye-popping, Langeliers does possess an impressive swing as well as the above-average defense behind the dish. He also has an elite-level 1.8 second pop time on base stealers. In the majors, the average pop time is 2.01 seconds. A 1.9 second time is elite.
Trying to acquire Langeliers in a potential deal for Bryant rests mainly on whether the Cubs will ship Contreras to another team. It is not the end all be all, but it makes the most sense. Langeliers is a talent I am excited to follow into the future. If a deal for Bryant goes down, Anthopoulos better be sweetening the pot with Langeliers.