After signing starting pitcher Zack Wheeler to bolster the rotation, the Philadelphia Phillies have turned their attention to the lineup and have reportedly talked to the Chicago Cubs about a trade for Kris Bryant.
According to 670 The Score’s Bruce Levine, the Cubs and Phillies discussed a potential deal for the All-Star third baseman, but both sides haven’t been able to make progress to this point.
Chicago’s front office is expected to be busy this offseason and is reportedly motivated to trade someone this offseason. While Bryant is just three years removed from winning the NL MVP, the oft-injured third baseman also has a pending grievance against the team.
The grievance, which stems from the team’s manipulation of his service time, carries significant implications on Bryant’s contract. If he wins the arbitration case, he would be under contract for the 2020 season becoming a free agent. If the Cubs win the case, he would be arbitration-eligible for two more seasons.
Despite missing time with injuries, Bryant still hit 31 home runs with 77 RBI and a .903 OPS this season. While he offers the flexibility to play in the corner outfield, the Phillies would likely start him at third base.