The Chicago Cubs will be sellers on the MLB trade deadline, and the rumors center on Kris Bryant’s future. Just a few years after playing a crucial role in a World Series title, the All-Star slugger will likely play elsewhere on July 31.
After a hot start to the season, Chicago is open to moving any of its stars into expiring deals. While Anthony Rizzo and Javier Báez are trade candidates, Bryant is widely viewed as the player most likely to be traded before July 30.
The return won’t be as strong as some fans hope, with recent returns for mid-season rentals on the decline. But we’ll examine some realistic business scenarios for Chicago’s star hitter.