The Atlanta Braves need an answer at third base, that much is obvious after the team lost Josh Donaldson to free agency. One answer could be Chicago’s Kris Bryant who is known to be on the trade market.
Finding an answer at third base and a bat for the middle of their order has to be the only priority left for the Atlanta Braves. Kris Bryant has been named as one possibility and could make a lot if sense if the Cubs are indeed willing to trade their star third baseman.
What exactly the Cubs asking price would be is unclear but it seems safe to assume it will be lower than the asking price for the Rockies Nolan Arenado. Bryant has only two years left on his deal before hitting free agency.
He is scheduled to make $18.6-million this season with his final arb. eligible season coming in 2021. Contract wise he is a perfect fit to take over from Josh Donaldson he is a younger and at this point a more talented version of Donaldson, who is a star player in his own right.
Atlanta seemingly never makes the big move even when rumors are constantly surrounding them. Fans will remember all too well how often rumors have emerged surrounding the top players on the free agent or trade market and Atlanta rarely makes the splashy move.
Bryant is a quick fix that instantly makes Atlanta a World Series contender yet again. He is a career .284 hitter and is already closing in on 200-homeruns in his short career. The problem for Atlanta is weighing risk vs. reward. Is giving up what it would take to acquire Bryant worth having him two seasons?
It is hard to see a scenario where Atlanta decided to acquire Bryant. However, if the stars aligned and Bryant joined the Braves roster all of the sudden Atlanta goes from taking a step back to becoming National League favorites. Something they will certainly consider when deciding whether or not to make the move.