5 Chicago Cubs trade candidates: Who should stay and who should go?

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5 Chicago Cubs trade candidates: Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant to hit the road?

Now that we’ve made the easy decision with Kimbrel, let’s hit on a fairly easy decision and a not so easy decision all at once: Bryzzo. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, affectionately known as “Bryzzo” since the popular commercials from MLB immortalized the bond and friendship the two share as teammates, have been the face of the franchise as best player and leader for the past six seasons.

What should the Cubs do with both of these guys? Well, that’s complicated, mostly because of what Chicago hasn’t done already. Both of these guys probably should have been extended and locked up long before now, but that’s not the route the organization or players took. I may be speaking out of turn here, but I really believe both guys wanted to stay with the team and should be continuing on as Cubs.

However, this is a business, and since we’re at this crossroads for both during this now very mediocre season, the prudent thing to do is to deal both. Not that fans want to see it per se, but let’s face it: they should both go.

Bryant is the best all-around player likely to be dealt at this deadline. His versatility and ability to play multiple positions more than competently also makes him attractive for just about any contender as they can slide a star player around wherever they see fit. How many other guys does that work for?