2. Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs
Some have suggested that the Brewers should get Kris Bryant from the Cubs in a trade. After all, he’s a quality third baseman that would help the offense tremendously.
Bryant this season is hitting .308/.400/.591 with 10 home runs. He’s reversed his negative offensive trend over the past few years with a strong start in 2021. He’s also slated to be a free agent at year’s end, so this wouldn’t be a long term financial commitment and he would theoretically cost less to acquire as a rental.
The Chicago Cubs will not, under any circumstances, trade Kris Bryant to the Milwaukee Brewers. It just will not happen. Ever. Period.
Cubs GM Jed Hoyer would literally have to raid every good prospect from this farm system in order to be able to make this move, and even then I don’t think he’d do it. Stearns is unwilling to pay more than what he feels a player is worth, and the rival tax on this trade package would be astronomical.
This situation is like when Brett Favre wanted to go from the Green Bay Packers to the Minnesota Vikings. There was no chance Green Bay would trade Favre to Minnesota. So they traded him somewhere else, and then after that Favre signed with Minnesota. If the Brewers want Bryant, they’re going to have to acquire him after he’s on a different team.
The odds are slim that the Cubs trade Bryant at all this year, and they’ve started to heat up, jumping the Brewers in the standings after the Crew’s own tough stretch. The odds of the Cubs trading Bryant to Milwaukee are non-existent. It won’t happen. You can rule that one out.