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

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Chicago Cubs: Here’s why Bryant to Los Angeles makes sense

So before we dive into this, here’s what Rosenthal had to say about such a move:

"Bryant, with his ability to play third, first and both corner-outfield positions, seems ideal for the Dodgers, who relish such versatility. His right-handed bat also would fit the team’s predominantly left-handed lineup. The Cubs’ ask, though, would not be inconsequential. Nor would the finances, with Bryant projecting to make at least $40 million over the next two years."

Let’s break it down. First, Bryant slotted in the middle of the Dodgers order? Goodness. We’re talking about a squad that already boasts reigning NL MVP Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Will Smith, Justin Turner and Corey Seager. That’s not to mention some of the team’s up-and-coming positional talent, including the likes of Alex Verdugo, Gavin Lux and Keibert Ruiz.

If the season were to begin today, Turner would hold down the hot corner for manager Dave Roberts. Suppose the Dodgers pull off a trade for Bryant. He could play third – while Turner shifts over to first. Or, Bryant could move to a corner outfield spot – something he did quite a bit for Joe Maddon.

All that being said, acquiring Bryant won’t come cheap. Here are a few guys Epstein will undoubtedly target in any talks with Los Angeles.