Top 10 Chicago Cubs trade candidates, ranked

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Kris Bryant / Chicago Cubs
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Chicago Cubs Trade Candidates: #2 – Kris Bryant

If we’re talking about Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant in terms of who’s likeliest to return to the Chicago Cubs in 2022 and beyond, the latter – regardless of who you ask – seems to fall at the bottom of that list.

A former Rookie of the Year, NL MVP and four-time All-Star, Bryant was once viewed as the future of the franchise and, for the life of me, I don’t understand why that’s still not the case. This guy has done it all during his Cubs career, even playing five positions on a regular basis for David Ross this year.

But with the team falling out of contention of late, it would be reckless of the front office to not listen on Bryant. I mentioned his insane athleticism and defensive versatility already, but, aside from a tough month of June, he’s been putting up some big numbers at the dish, as well.

There are countless teams in the league in search of some added offense. The fact his market won’t be strictly limited to teams in the market for a third baseman bodes well for Chicago. The Mets, Braves and even the White Sox, could be in the hunt here. Aside from Kimbrel, Bryant might very well be the most sought-after player ahead of the deadline this month.