Is Kris Bryant the next big name player to be on the move?
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, one club official he spoke to believes that the New York Mets or Toronto Blue Jays will land the third baseman.
The Mets have been among the more active teams this winter, trading for Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor in a blockbuster move, and were first reported to be engaged with the Cubs on Bryant two weeks ago.
Yet, Mets president Sandy Alderson did not sound open to trading more top prospects this offseason at that time and the team has other needs, too, such as adding a center fielder as well as another arm – whether that is in the bullpen or rotation.
The Blue Jays recently made a big splash themselves, signing George Springer to a six-year deal, and have their eyes set on competing with the Yankees and Rays in the AL East this year.
Bryant, 29, is entering the final year before he becomes a free agent, but he is coming off a career-worst season in 2020.
The former NL MVP hit just .206/.293/.351 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 34 games last season. He is due $19.5 million in 2021 after avoiding arbitration with the Cubs.