Another name appearing in recent Mets trade rumors is Kris Bryant. Unlike Arenado, he has actually won an MVP and a World Series.
Also unlike Arenado, Bryant has been a little inconsistent in recent seasons. Partly due to injury, Bryant is a little more of a mystery in terms of what he will produce in the future.
We already know the Chicago Cubs would love to shed some salary. They traded away Yu Darvish this winter at what appeared to be a bargain price. Kyle Schwarber was non-tendered and the core of this ball club has been ripped apart.
Bryant, a player famously held back in his rookie year so the Cubs could gain this extra year of control, is one of the final pieces from their 2016 run still around. He has superstar potential in any given year. On the Mets, he could help round out the infield with some amazing pop and run production.
Certainly a few steps below Arenado and his legendary fielding abilities, Bryant should cost the Mets a minimal amount to acquire—at least from what we might typically think it would for someone with his resume.
Chicago is desperate. While I don’t think they’ll see Bryant at an unreasonably low price, I do see them coming out as the immediate loser in any deal they do make.
The trouble with acquiring Bryant is that he’s a free agent after this coming season. With so many other players they need to consider re-signing or extending, could the Mets even get the most out of him?