As the great Al Pacino once said in the famous movie The Godfather III, “just when I thought I was out, they give me back!”
This phrase could be used to resemble the trade talks that have taken place between the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs this offseason regarding the third baseman. Kris bryant.
As SNY’s Andy Martino initially reported last month, the talks between the Mets and the Cubs initially fell through. And how Mike Puma of The New York Post noted, this was due to the Chicago sale price of the Mets’ No. 2 ranked prospective receiver Francisco Alvarez, which has been marked as untouchable by the organization.
However, on Wednesday Martino reported that the Mets and Cubs have resumed business negotiations around Bryant. Starting pitcher Kyle hendricksThe name has also been floating around in package scenarios given the needs of the Mets in their rotation, but this has not been officially confirmed.
A source said Metsmerized, the Cubs came very close to not offering Bryant this offseason before opting to stay with him and listen to trade proposals from other teams. But as SNY’s Jim Duquette reported, the Cubs are more likely to hold onto Bryant until the July trade deadline, unless an offer surprises them.
Bryant is set to make $ 19.5 million this season and it could be an expensive rent for a contender, who needs offensive help. For now, it looks like the Mets will go with JD Davis third, but if this plan fails, we could see Bryant in Queens in the middle of the summer through the exchange.
The 29-year-old is coming off a disappointing shortened season, in which he hit four home runs with 11 RBIs while cutting .206 / .293 / .. 351. For his career, Bryant won the Most Valuable Player and Rookie Award of the Year, while making three All-Star appearances and helping the Cubs end their 108-year World Series drought in 2016.