Chicago Cubs could make waves by trading Kris Bryant to the Dodgers

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The Chicago Cubs could address multiple problems at once by trading Kris Bryant to the rival Los Angeles Dodgers before the offseason concludes.

At some point, likely sooner rather than later, we’ll have an actual answer regarding Kris Bryant‘s service time grievance. As we noted yesterday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic made it clear that no one in the industry expects Bryant to come out on top and that news could come as soon as this week.

Assuming that is the case, the Cubs and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein can, at long last, embark on a quest to trade the former National League MVP – knowing his true value. Chicago’s asking price will be higher knowing they’re dealing two years of team control rather than one – although finding a suitor willing to meet such a price could be challenging.

One club that could (rather easily) meet such steep demands, however, is the Los Angeles Dodgers. A perennial World Series favorite, they’re ripe with some of the best prospects in the game and have a payroll that’s well under the competitive balance tax threshold.

In the same Rosenthal piece that suggests Bryant is likely to lose his grievance, he notes the fit between the player and Los Angeles, a team that may be just one piece away from bringing a title back to Chavez Ravine for the first time since 1989.