Report: Phillies unlikely to trade for Kris Bryant

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Ugh. 

Accoridng to Phillies reporter for The Athletic, Meghan Montemurro, Philadelphia is unlikely to trade for Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. Montemurro reports that the Phils and Cubs have discussed a trade for Bryant previously, the teams currently do not view themselves as a match. 

Montemurro reports there are multiple factors that give the Phillies trepidation about trading for Bryant like trading away key pieces such as Alec Bohm, Spencer Howard, or even both. Plus, the team would have just two years of control over Bryant and they franchise would have to balance and navigate a very expensive payroll. 

Last week, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported that Bryant was back on the block and the Phillies were "showing at least exploratory interest."

Bryant, 28, has a base salary of $18.6 million in 2020. Bryant is set to become a free agent after the 2021 season, and it seems unlikely the Cubs will be signing him to the mega-extension he will be after. 

The three-time all-star third baseman and 2016 NL MVP has a career slash line of .284/.385/.516 and is averaging 32 homers and 92 RBI per season. In 2019, Bryant hit .282 with 31 homers.