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Mets and Cubs have discussed Kris Bryant trade

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Chicago is shopping the former NL MVP.

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According to Mike Puma, the Mets and Cubs have discussed a potential trade for star third baseman Kris Bryant. Puma notes that the Cubs “really like” Mets catching prospect Francisco Álvarez.

The 2016 National League MVP had the worst season of his career in 2020, hitting for a 76 wRC+ in just 34 games. He did demonstrate competency in the field, however, netting a 3.9 UZR/150, his best since his MVP season and a full four points better than presumptive Mets starting third baseman J.D. Davis in 2020. Since his rookie season in 2015, Bryant has accumulated 28.3 fWAR, which trails only Josh Donaldson among major league third basemen over that span of time.

Yesterday’s trade for Francisco Lindor sent away two infielders from the Mets’ roster, which lost second baseman Robinson Cano to a suspension for the entire 2021 season. Right now, versatile infielder Jeff McNeil is likely to fill in at second base, which would likely leave the majority of innings at third base to J.D. Davis or Luis Guillorme.