Chicago Cubs declare they’re open for business this offseason

Jeff Curry- USA Today Sports

"But I just don't believe in operating with untouchables because why limit yourself in any way?"

Secondly? It goes back what we said before - Epstein doesn't operate with "untouchables".

Earlier in the day, reports surfaced the Cubs were looking to potentially ship Bryant out if Chicago.

According to ESPN, the Cubs' willingness to discuss proposals includes dealing third baseman Kris Bryant, who won the Rookie of the Year award in 2015 and MVP the next season.

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ESPN senior writer Buster Olney ran an article on Friday about how the Chicago Cubs might be shopping standout slugger Kris Bryant this offseason. Still, it would take an astronomical deal from the Braves to make the Cubs even consider parting with Bryant.

"Hopefully, he has better success at this than I did", said Davis.

A trade of Bryant now could theoretically yield young, cost-controlled players that might help the big-league team next season or beyond, and carve out more financial room in the team's budget to make other moves. For starters, the Cubs have tried and failed multiple times to re-sign Bryant long-term.

Bryant is coming off his worst year on the North Side statistically, batting.272 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI in an injury-shortened season. It is a common practice in Major League Baseball for clubs to keep elite prospects in the minors in order to delay their free-agency or arbitration eligibility. Bryant made almost $11 million last season and is likely to keep earning more as he nears free agency following the 2021 season. Ken Rosenthal recently mentioned the Cubs might be more enamored with next year's class, rather than the two big fish this year with Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.

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