Cubs Open to Trade Proposals for Kris Bryant; ME

MLB Rumors: Could Kris Bryant Be Traded? Cubs Open On Just About Everyone

But that offer isn't going to come for Kris Bryant right now, and the Cubs have absolutely no real incentive to trade Bryant at this stage in his career and their stage in the competitive window.

The article is in reference to comments made by Cubs team president Theo Epstein at the general managers meetings in California this week regarding potential "untouchable" players on the roster.

Kris Bryant figured to be one the Chicago Cubs' young cornerstones, but the team is now open to trading him, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

"I answered a general question about whether we have untouchables", he said via the Chicago Tribune. "It sends the wrong message". Yes, Bryant is coming off a down year by his high standards -.272/.374/.460 in 102 games - and battled serious problems with his left shoulder. I just don't believe in untouchables.

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The Cubs have reportedly been telling teams that almost every player on the team - including Bryant - is available.

The Cubs' inability to negotiate a multiyear extension with Bryant in recent seasons might fuel speculation about the status of the two-time All-Star and former Rookie of the Year - including within the industry. He explained the Cubs have "never operated with untouchables". He is under team control through 2021.

If anything, that makes the most plausible trade speculation at least a year or two away, and only in the event the Cubs change competitive direction in that time.

"Teams don't stay together forever", Epstein said early in the week.

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