Chicago Cubs: What happens next with Kris Bryant’s grievance settled?
Chicago Cubs: Good news for Theo and the brass
This is inherently positive news for the front office.
Bryant’s trade value would have plummeted if he had won the case, because he would be in a walk year. Opposing teams are not likely to shell out premium assets for just one guaranteed year. Just ask Chaim Bloom. The same conundrum has held up a Mookie Betts trade for the Boston Red Sox.
However, adding that extra year affords the Cubs plenty of options. There are a number of teams that might still be looking for an impact player at the hot corner and could re-engage Chicago in trade talks now that the grievance ruling has been handed down.
The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals both missed out on Josh Donaldson in free agency, but they could drive a hard bargain.
Washington have since made a number of depth moves, and they seem unwilling to part with center fielder Victor Robles. The Braves have the prospect capital to get a job done, but general manager Alex Anthopoulos has continually hinted at sticking with in-house options Austin Riley and Johan Camargo:
The Texas Rangers are another team of note, though they do not have the same prospect depth Atlanta has, particularly in terms of arm talent.
A potential sleeper to watch might be the New York Mets. Insiders have linked the Mets to a Nolan Arenado deal and it is not unreasonable to suggest they could look into Bryant, as well.