Chicago Cubs: 3 potential (and 2 controversial) Kris Bryant trade partners

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Unfortunately, it seems like now is the time to start thinking through the top trade destinations for Kris Bryant. In the last two weeks of Chicago Cubs baseball, things have gone from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. From Jed Hoyer confirming the Cubs could be sellers at the deadline to actually stating the Cubs have began the selling process, there is now no doubt key players are getting ready to be dealt before the July 30 trade deadline.

It’s no secret that one player at the top of every bodies list on who can be moved is impending free agent, former Rookie of the Year and MVP  and four-time All-Star Kris Bryant.

As we all know, rumors have persisted for a couple years now but this time around is the most likely that they will pull the trigger. The Cubs simply are not in contention to compete for a World Series this year. In retrospect, if they wanted to be, they would have to utilize all $31 million of their available salary before crossing into the luxury tax threshold and most likely have to trade their stars to get stars in return anyway.

There just isn’t enough gas left in the tank. If Tom Ricketts knows he will be unwilling to pay certain stars that are impending free agents, he must implore Hoyer to sell. The fact is, the 2022 free agent class is loaded more so than in years past and he may be thinking he wants to spend this year. In order to due so, he will need as much funds available as possible.

That means moving Bryant; who with his renewed versatility, depending on health, could most likely bring a decent return even as a rental on contending teams. Let’s take a look at the top trade destinations for Kris Bryant.