We've seen Kris Bryant's name in the rumor mill this week, and a report out of New York Saturday added an interesting layer to the buzz.
SNY's Andy Martino reported Saturday there's "industry chatter" the Cubs will trade Bryant "as soon as this weekend."
Multiple reports this week stated the Cubs and Mets have had recent dialogue regarding a Bryant trade. However, Martino adds the two sides haven't spoken "in several weeks" and those talks occurred before the Mets acquired superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor on Thursday.
Bryant hasn't been linked in public reports to any other specific teams of late, although Martino said other teams are pursuing him more aggressively than the Mets. MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported later Saturday the Cubs are listening to offers on Bryant and catcher Willson Contreras.
New York is one of several teams that comes to mind that could make sense as a potential trade partner, along with the Braves, Dodgers and Blue Jays.
Bryant, 29, is under club control through next season and is projected to make near $20 million in arbitration.