It’s not a secret that Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs haven’t been on the best terms for some time now. Multiple teams around Major League Baseball were expected to pursue him even since before the start of the season.
And, even though the Cubs have fared pretty well this season and that they’re reportedly close to an agreement to extend both Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez, Bryant is still expected to head out the door.
That’s why the Washington Nationals are reportedly quite interested in making a run at Bryant, but there’s a condition that could prevent them from pulling the trigger, as per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Nationals Want Kris Bryant But Are Reluctant To Trade Top Prospects
“Nats are among many teams said interested in Kris Bryant but it’s uncertain if there’s a prospect match. Nats do not want to trade top pitching prospects Cavalli or Rutledge,” reported Heyman.
The Washington Nationals are just a handful of games behind the New York Mets in the National League East and want to make a late push the same way they did a couple of years ago, and this move would certainly point them in the right direction.
Bryant would join former teammates Jon Lester and Kyle Schwarber while giving the Nationals another solid slugger. As of now, he’s got 16 home runs with 46 RBIs and a batting average of .271, so it’s unsurprising to see multiple teams interested in his services.
The Nats have enough prospects and assets to pull the trigger on this deal and the Cubs know that they need to get something out of him before he walks out for free. But whether Washington decide to give up on its young talent not will most likely depend on how they fare this next week.