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The Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets have revived talks about a potential Kris Bryant trade. This comes as a surprise considering it was believed that discussions between the two teams had come to a close in January.
According to Andy Marino of SNY, the Cubs and the Mets have resumed talks. But despite the two sides talking, he also cautioned that there remains no clarity if a deal can be agreed upon. The only good thing about it is that there is some progress as far as Bryant is concerned.
On January 6, we reported that any talks between Mets and Cubs on Kris Bryant were no longer active. That was true at the time. TIL it has changed since. Unclear how likely it is to happen, but there is at least something there.
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) February 11, 2021
Bryant has been often linked to the Mets although most of that happened before New York acquired shortstop Francisco Lindor from the Cleveland Indians. The 29-year-old is seen as a fit for the Mets, assuming that New York is ready to spend more.
Owner Steve Cohen seems open to the idea to get the best talent in the MLB market. They were previously pursuing Trevor Bauer. Unfortunately, that chase ended up short with the Los Angeles Dodgers signing the 2020 NL Cy Young Awardee.
Bryant is entering the final year of his contract with the Cubs so a trade would make sense. Chicago has long followed the practice of no player being untouchable. That includes Bryant and other high-profile players such as Wilson Conteras, NBC Sports reported.
Cubs president Jed Hoyer stressed that complete assurance is practically impossible at any given time, meaning all phone lines are open for any potential deal. This is with the assumption that the offer is fair for both parties.
Last November, it was discussed how the Cubs could explore options for Bryant since he is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2021 MLB season. Aside from the Mets, the Boston Red Sox and the Washington Nationals were singled out as teams who could explore options with Chicago.
But like the Mets, it all boils down to what deal could be pitched. For now, the attention is on New York and what they can offer for the three-time MLB All-Star.