Keeping a player against his will is never the right move for a team. The lack of motivation and negative attitude can end up creating a bigger problem in the locker room, and most teams end up trading them away on a discount after failing to reconcile. That could be the case with star third baseman Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs, as he hasn't been comfortable with the organization for the past couple of years. In fact, he even took them to court to try and get out of his deal a year earlier.
The Cubs forced Bryant to spend an extra day in the minors to keep him for an extra year and preventing him from hitting free agency. That didn't sit well with him and he's been trying to get out of Wrigley Field ever since.
Mets And Cubs Re-Engaged In Trade Talks For Kris Bryant
According to a report by Andy Martino of SNY, the Mets could try and move J.D Davis, Jeurys Familia, and Dellis Betances in a return for the 29-year-old infielder, although the Cubs could still try and hold on to him until the trade deadline:
"We have consistently heard that the Mets like the years of team control remaining on J.D. Davis, especially after trading two young infielders (...), they’ve never considered Davis completely untouchable in the right situation. The Cubs have previously expressed interest in trading for Davis," the report started.
"The Mets have also been pursuing pitching and trying to find takers for the contracts of Jeurys Familia and Dellin Betances. They could allocate those dollars toward starting pitching and/or Bryant," Martino added.
"It’s unclear how likely a trade is. (...) Chicago is more likely to hold on to Bryant until the July 31 trade deadline unless they were blown away by an offer," the story concluded.
The New York Mets have struck out in almost every target they had for this offseason except for Francisco Lindor, so expect them to be quite aggressive in the trade market to try and land a superstar that can turn them into instant contenders.