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Cubs willing to trade Bryant

Cubs willing to trade Bryant

He went on the disabled list twice with left shoulder issues. As recently as last winter, they made quite a significant offer to the third baseman.

"We've never operated with untouchables", Epstein said, specifically referring to Bryant and Anthony Rizzo.

What if the Chicago Cubs said to opposing clubs, you can have Bryant, but you have to take Tyler Chatwood as well, to give the club more flexibility. "I just think it sends the wrong message". "I mean, there would be guys that, given what we're trying to accomplish, it would be virtually impossible to envision a deal that would make sense to move them".

"I just don't believe with operating with untouchables, because why limit yourself?"

ESPN senior writer Buster Olney ran an article on Friday about how the Chicago Cubs might be shopping standout slugger Kris Bryant this offseason.

But the Cubs have not played to expectations in the past couple of seasons, and there has been concern within the organization about the clubhouse culture since the 2016 championship season.

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We'll see what the winter holds.

"Like most teams, we will listen to anything", Epstein told 670 The Score. According to MLBTradeRumors, Bryant will likely get something in the neighborhood of $12.4 million in arbitration.

The Cubs have reportedly been telling teams that almost every player on the team - including Bryant - is available.

If there was ever a chance the Cubs would consider trading Bryant the time is now.

But since the day they negotiated Bryant's signing bonus with agent Scott Boras, the Cubs never counted on such an extension with their No. 2 overall draft pick. Normally a 25-30 a year homerun hitter Bryant managed only 13 homers, along with a career-worst.272 average.