This name was discussed a lot during the offseason as a potential trade candidate. He was a guy I was very interested in as I am not a believer in J.D. Davis’ defense at third base and believed Bryant was better than the player he was last year.
Bryant is slashing .316/.397/.607 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI this year and has been a huge reason that the Cubs sit in first place in the NL Central.
While Bryant would be a huge pickup, there are some reasons why I believe a trade might not happen. First, the Cubs are in first place. If they remain in first place closer to the deadline, I doubt they move him. Second, he’s a free agent after the year. If the Cubs ask for too much, a deal should not happen for a guy that will only be here for a couple of months. I don’t think the Mets are just Kris Bryant away from winning the World Series.
However, if the Mets and Cubs can find a good deal I’d be all over it. With all the injuries the Mets have, they could really use his versatility. Bryant has appeared in 10+ games at first base, third base, left field, and right, and has also appeared in eight games in center field. With the Mets’ current outfield alignment featuring a guy who is playing with a broken nose, and two players who have been Mets for less than two weeks, they could really use the outfield help.
Bryant would be a big right-handed bat to hit right in the middle of the Mets lineup and provide some much-needed power. The Mets leader in home runs right now is Pete Alonso with seven. Bryant has almost double that total. It’s hard for a team to score a ton of runs if they don’t hit for any power.
Do I think a Bryant trade will happen? Probably not. But he would be such a perfect fit for many reasons and is a name I definitely want the Mets to consider.