Cubs Opening Day: Three predictions for the 2021 season

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Cubs Opening Day: The long-awaited Kris Bryant trade finally happens

It feels like we’ve been talking about it for years, but this is the year it feels like the Cubs will actually trade Kris Bryant. The former National League MVP had next to no trade value this offseason given his horrendous 2020 performance, but a strong start this year will remedy that in short order.

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We’ve seen several teams tied to Bryant in recent months, including the Nationals, Braves, Dodgers and Mets. I think New York will feel the pressure of trying to win it all this year (while they still have Francisco Lindor) and in hopes of adding another bat at the deadline, swing a trade for the Cubs superstar.

A lineup that boasts the likes of Lindor, Bryant and Pete Alonso would be a nightmare for opposing teams – and would give new Mets owner Steve Cohen a chance at a ring in year one. Bryant has repeatedly expressed a desire to stay in Chicago long-term, but that doesn’t seem like it’s in the cards at this point.

The worst thing the Cubs could do is hold onto the three-time All-Star and just let him walk at year’s end. At this point, trade him this summer and get something of value in return that could help you down the road.