Kris Bryant has been arguably the best third baseman in the National League this year. It seems as though every single team has expressed some sort of interest in the 2016 NL MVP, and who could blame them? Even if Bryant was a non-factor at the plate, his defensive versatility makes him a fit on almost every single ball club. Luckily, Bryant is also an incredible hitter making a trade for the four-time All-Star all the more enticing.
The Rays have been one of the most active teams going after Bryant. However, their interest in Bryant has not been proven sincere yet, and the Rays could just be attempting to drive Bryant’s price up. The Rays would be a good fit though. Collectively, the Tampa Bay outfield has a wRC+ of 100 — league average. Their third basemen have put together a wRC+ of just 102, slightly above league average. Bryant would be a huge upgrade at whatever position the Rays choose to play him at. That said, given that the Rays have already shipped away multiple prospects in acquiring Nelson Cruz from the Minnesota Twins, a trade of this caliber would likely fall to a team that has more to give right now. That team is the Chicago White Sox. The ChiSox are pretty much set in regards to their pitching staff. They could use a little help adding depth to their bullpen, but those moves can be addressed in smaller trades. The big move however, will be the addition of Bryant.
Ever since the White Sox lost second baseman, Nick Madrigal, the White Sox needed someone to fill that hole. Yoan Moncada has been playing most of this season at the hot corner, but could definitely make the move to second should Bryant come to town. Moncada has played over 1700 innings at second base throughout his career.
Odds that Kris Bryant is traded before July 30: 95 percent
Prediction: Kris Bryant doesn’t have to go far as he joins the White Sox
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