Today, it was announced Kris Bryant had lost his grievance against the Chicago Cubs that determined Bryant has two more seasons before he hits free agency. With the news, should the Atlanta Braves reopen their interest in a possible trade for the former NL MVP?
The Atlanta Braves chased Josh Donaldson all offseason until the former AL MVP signed a deal with the Minnesota Twins. Having a power void in the lineup with Donaldson leaving, the Braves moved to Plan B by signing Marcell Ozuna to a one-year deal. However, throughout the offseason, the Braves have been linked as a possible trade partner for Kris Byant and the Chicago Cubs. At the time, it looked like Bryant could hit free agency after the upcoming season. That all changed today when it was announced Kris Bryant lost his grievance, leaving him with two seasons before Bryant can become a free agent.
With the news of today, the question has to be asked whether the Braves are interested in trading for Kris Byrant, who will now be on the team for a minimum of two seasons. Even if Bryant were to leave in search of a mega-deal, the Braves would have more than enough time to put a serious World Series run together before Bryant hits free agency. With Ozuna in the fold now, adding Bryant to this Braves lineup would really put this team in the favorite’s seat next season, if not the next two seasons.
Now, the Braves know the time Bryant has left, the haggling would be over how much Chicago would want for their former NL MVP. For a Braves team that is already one of the best teams in all of baseball, if there is a move that can make your team even better, a deal has to get done. It was rumored the Cubs would want at least two of the Braves top prospects which would include Ian Anderson, Christian Pache, Drew Waters, Kyle Wright, Bryse Wilson. Even major league names, like Max Fried, Dansby Swanson, or Austin Riley have been mentioned as potential pieces in a trade. When it comes to adding a player as good as Bryant, no prospect should be off the table.
The Bryant news is very fresh still so it’s hard to determine what teams will be vying for Kris Bryant’s services. One thing is guaranteed, the Braves won’t be the only team calling about Bryant. With Spring Training right around the corner, there is still time to get a deal done before the season, but the sooner the better. To me, if the Cubs want the Godfather package, the Braves should give it to them. Winning a World Series is the most important thing. The Braves had put themselves the fantastic position of having a title-contending team with a stockpile of promising prospects. It’s time to use some of that built-up equity to bring a World Series back to Atlanta. Get the deal done, Atlanta!