Unless, of course, their division rival steps in and steals him away.
The Cubs are open to trading Bryant not because of his skillset — he is one of the elite young players in the league — but his contract status. Bryant is set to become a free agent after the 2021 season, and it is unlikely the Cubs will be signing him to the mega-extension he will be after.
While the Phillies don’t have the trade assets the Braves do, they do — or at least should — have the money the Braves don’t. Owner John Middleton has made it clear numerous times that he knows to build the Phillies into a World Series contending team that he will have to spend money, and go into the luxury tax to do so.
Adding and paying Bryant, who had an OPS of .903 last season while hitting 31 home runs and 35 doubles, would certainly qualify as doing just that.
If Middleton is serious, he make sure if Bryant does end up in the NL East, it will be with the Phillies and not the Braves.