5 potential Kris Bryant trade packages
COL receives: 3B Bryant, C Willson Contreras, RHP Tyler Chatwood
CHI receives: 3B Arenado
The Cubs and Rockies have reportedly discussed a Bryant-for-Arenado deal, but a one-for-one wouldn't make sense for either. The Cubs goal this offseason is to shed some payroll, and Arenado is signed through 2026 for $234 million.
Bryant is a free agent after 2021, and like Arenado potentially opting out in two years, the Rockies could lose KB for nothing. But Arenado is disgruntled, so Colorado could be motivated to make a deal.
Contreras would be an instant offensive upgrade at catcher at an extremely affordable rate ($4.5 million 2020 salary). Chatwood isn’t the key to this deal, but he’d provide the Cubs salary relief.
The Rockies will likely seek young assets for Arenado, but considering his salary, they may be hard to come by. The Cubs won't get Arenado for just Bryant and Chatwood, hence Contreras being featured. It's unlikely the Cubs include both Bryant and Contreras in a single trade, so Arenado to the North Side is hard to envision.
Los Angeles Dodgers
LAD receives: 3B Bryant
CHI receives: RHP Josiah Gray, RHP Mitchell White, OF Alex Verdugo
Gray, 22, is MLB Pipeline's No. 67 overall prospect and is projected to make his MLB debut in 2020. He sported a 2.28 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 26 games/25 starts last season, reaching Double-A. His fastball that tops out at 97 mph.
White, 25, holds a 3.97 ERA across four minor-league seasons. He pitched well in Double-A in 2019 (2.10 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, seven starts) but struggled in Triple-A (6.50 ERA,1.52 WHIP, 16 games/13 starts). He has the upside to be a mid-rotation guy.
Verdugo was a fixture in the Dodgers lineup last season, but you have to sacrifice something to acquire star players. The 23-year-old slashed .294/.342/.475 with 12 homers and a 114 wRC+ in 106 games last season. He’d slot in as the Cubs starting center fielder and can also play the corners.
ATL receives: 3B Bryant
CHI receives: 3B/LF Austin Riley, RHP Ian Anderson, RHP Kyle Wright
The Braves are in win-now mode, and Bryant would solidify them as a World Series favorite in 2020.
Riley struggled as a rookie last season but is a former top prospect. He’d replace Bryant at third base and could also play outfield.
Anderson sported a 3.38 ERA in 26 minor-league starts last season. He struggled in Triple-A (6.57 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, five starts) but was much better in Double-A (2.68 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 21 starts).
Wright made seven appearances (four starts) in the majors last season, posting an 8.69 ERA and 1.88 WHIP. He sported a 4.17 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 21 minor-league starts.
Anderson and Wright profile as frontline starting pitchers, so it wouldn't be a surprise if the Braves refused to move both.
WAS receives: 3B Bryant
CHI receives: INF Carter Kieboom, RHP Mason Denaburg, LHP Tim Cate
The Nationals have been connected to Bryant this winter, but they’ve reportedly been reluctant to include center fielder Victor Robles in trade talks.
Kieboom, 22, can play shortstop, third and second base. He struggled in a brief 2019 big-league stint (.128/.209/.282 in 11 games) but was excellent in Triple-A (.303/.409/.493, 16 homers, 79 RBIs).
Denaburg, 20, posted a 7.52 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in seven games (four starts) last season. He was Washington's first-round pick in 2018 but was inactive that season due to rest. Cate, 22, sported a 3.07 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 26 starts. He features a plus curveball.
This package would be about replacing Bryant while adding future big-league rotation options. Denaburg and Cate aren’t projected to be top-of-the-rotation guys, but they’d give the Cubs young, controllable arms.
San Diego Padres
SD receives: 3B Kris Bryant
CHI receives: RHP Luis Patino, OF Taylor Trammell
This scenario is tougher to envision because the Padres would be surrendering two future cornerstones. Patino is Pipeline's No. 27 overall prospect, while Trammell is No. 57. Both are projected to debut in 2021.
The Padres are looking to compete in 2020 and 2021, and while Bryant, a free agent after the latter, would help that cause, this deal would risk San Diego’s long-term competitive window
Bryant also would have to be okay playing outfield full-time, due to the presence of Manny Machado at third base and Eric Hosmer at first in San Diego.
Trammell and Patino would be excellent gets for the Cubs, giving them their coveted center fielder of the future and a young, highly regarded pitching prospect. It’s just tough to see this deal coming to fruition.