Theo Epstein refutes Kris Bryant trade rumor

Rex Christensen
November 10, 2018

The Cubs have underperformed in the years since, and now president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is reportedly concerned about a lack of prospects in the farm system.

The earliest he can become a free agent is in 2022.

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo saw all the articles that were saying that Bryant and himself could be traded this offseason and responded with the following tweet.

Cubs fans are in a frenzy over a report that Kris Bryant could possibly be traded. "Like most teams, we are looking for players like Kris Bryant". He went on the disabled list twice with left shoulder issues. Bryant said the same thing after the final game of the season. I think Olney is a perfectly fine reporter, but if that's him speaking as an analyst and dot-connector ...

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Specifically, Bryant was one of the young hitters who didn't mesh well out of the gate with last year's hitting coach, Chili Davis - making Bryant's success an important factor in the coaching change.

"We've never operated with untouchables", Epstein said. Given what we're trying to accomplish, it would be virtually impossible to envision the deal that would make sense to move them. "But I just don't believe in operating with untouchables because why limit yourself in any way?"

The Cubs have reportedly been telling teams that almost every player on the team - including Bryant - is available. "There are players who have nearly made themselves untouchables". Bryant was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2015 and the NL MVP in 2016. He explained the Cubs have "never operated with untouchables".

That's where I'd leave things, personally, because Bryant is a generational talent with three years of team control during a competitive window.

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