The Chicago Cubs would love to add a player like Kris Bryant. For some reason, there is a perception out there that he isn’t a good player anymore but that just isn’t true. Since coming into the league, few players have accumulated a higher WAR than Bryant. He has been a Rookie of the Year, MVP, and World Series Champion since his arrival. He didn’t have a good year in 2020 but injury might have played a big part in that. For that reason, his value on the trade market has never been lower.
As mentioned before, the Cubs decided to tender his contract for 2021. That is more than likely because they don’t want to lose him without getting anything in return. This a player that has all of those personal accolades along with the fact that he was the best player on the team that ended their 108 year World Series drought. He made the play that ended one of the most entertaining game sevens in the history of Major League Baseball to bring the World Series title to the North Side.
Since that point, he has been very up and down. He was down for a few years but then had a very good 2019 season. If the White Sox added the Kris Bryant of 2019, they would be adding a great player that can help them win. Being a young team looking to take the next step, the White Sox would love to add someone with Bryant’s experience. The White Sox would be able to use him in right-field (Yoan Moncada is their third baseman) which is their biggest need on the defensive side of the diamond.
The last time the Chicago teams made a trade with one another, it worked out very well for the White Sox but not the Cubs. However, Jed Hoyer and Rick Hahn are absolutely able to come together and get a deal done. It isn’t a guarantee that any of this will happen or that the Cubs will even trade any of these guys but you just never know. It is certainly something for the White Sox to consider.