Cubs could use Kris Bryant’s versatility to their benefit in a trade
When we talk about Kris Bryant, we usually do so through the lens of a third baseman. But he’s also spent a ton of time in the outfield during his career – and has even spelled Anthony Rizzo across the infield at first.
That versatility – and his experience in the outfield – could expand his list of potential suitors far beyond those teams just looking to upgrade at the hot corner. Teams like Philadelphia, Toronto, Atlanta and others all could focus on the upside Bryant’s bat comes with – and find a place for him to call home defensively.
Toronto, in particular, stands out in my mind. After landing this winter’s top position player free agent in George Springer, the Jays are in it to win it this season. While the infield is full-up, with the likes of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio, Bo Bichette and Marcus Semien, Toronto could look to slot Bryant in alongside Springer, leaving Randal Grichuk and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to round out the outfield.
Last week, Jed Hoyer made it clear: he’s not closing the door on any more moves before the season kicks off. A trade of Bryant would be about as big as they come – but it certainly feels like it’s a matter of when, not if, the team pulls the trigger on a move.