Chicago Cubs: Trading Kris Bryant would be an unforgivable mistake

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One of the longest offseasons in recent memory is drawing to a close. Still, the Cubs might not be done adding to their roster – or, perhaps more significantly, they might not be done subtracting from it.

According to general manager Jed Hoyer, the team is likely to explore the trade market in February, even as players report to Mesa to kick off spring workouts and, soon thereafter, Cactus League action. The name most likely to be included in trade rumors as the season nears? None other than former Rookie of the Year, MVP and World Series champion Kris Bryant.

For months, Bryant’s name has swirled in trade rumors. Based on what we’ve heard, it seems likely the Cubs might have already dealt him if not for his service time grievance that went unresolved until late January. By now, though, a lot of teams have already executed their respective offseason plans – potentially limiting the number of interested suitors.

That might be a good thing at the end of the day. Regardless of the fact the front office seems like they’re focused on getting under the $208 million mark in payroll to avoid luxury tax penalties and reset their standing heading into next winter, trading Bryant isn’t going to make this team better – period.