Cubs President Theo Epstein shoots down Kris Bryant trade talk

Jeff Curry- USA Today Sports

Jeff Curry- USA Today Sports

Two days later, a report on said it was possible the Cubs could trade star third baseman Kris Bryant, "perhaps as soon as this winter". There's no chance Kris Bryant is going anywhere, and the notion that the Cubs would consider dealing him is laughable.

Now, there are a number of factors as to why this may be the case.

Now before you panic, that doesn't say the Cubs are trading Bryant. But as we know, a deal never came to pass. He can not become a free agent until after the 2021 season.

Nevertheless, a social media firestorm began Friday based on comments made by Cubs president Theo Epstein at this week's general managers meetings in Carlsbad, California.

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. If the Cubs can't secure him to a long-term contract extension, then it might make sense to move the third baseman despite his importance to the franchise. I just don't believe in untouchables. Last season, his power fell off dramatically. He went on the disabled list twice with left shoulder issues. He hit the DL on multiple occasions.

The Cubs are looking to "sell high" here, if the right price is there.

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Despite the power drop-off, he still hit.272/.374/.460 last season.

Bryant, who was hampered by injuries in 2018, is coming off the worst season of his young career. They only got eight starts out of big-money acquisition Yu Darvish.

"I answered a general question about whether we have untouchables", Epstein told Paul Sullivan of The Chicago Tribune.

"We think we have a really talented team, and there's a lot of things we can do to get more out of this group, so that's where our focus is", said Epstein, who has changed hitting coaches for the second time in as many winters with that effort in mind (bringing former minor-league coordinator Anthony Iapoce back to the organization).

We've seen it all already this winter.

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