During Monday afternoon, the news was released via Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM that the Phillies and Cubs have previously been engaged in trade talks. Both ball clubs have shown mutual interest regarding the stellar third baseman, Kris Bryant, but nothing as of late has come about.
However, it is notable that Bryant and the Cubs are struggling over Bryant’s grievance. The arbitrator “has to decide whether he’s a free agent in one year or two, and that decision could still be several weeks away,” according to Jon Heyman.
Does it Make Sense?
It’s no secret that the Phillies are dipping themselves into any possible player who could improve their infield. Now with their third base position open, the Phillies are looking to completely upgrade from Maikel Franco.
To answer this question, 100%, this move would make sense. Obviously, Anthony Rendon would be the much better option. Rendon made a statement and continued to improve year after year, but Bryant had a 2019 campaign where he hit .282 this past season with 31 homers, 77 RBI, 108 runs and a .908 OPS. A huge upgrade over Franco, who at one point couldn’t even see the major league roster.
The Phillies do a great job of getting their names in the mix for any star player. John Middleton is not afraid to spend money and will do anything to improve the Phillies.
For once, Joe Giglio may actually be right.
It’s becoming more clear each offseason that the Phillies are losing hope in Rhys Hoskins and Alec Bohm. Being someone who loves Rhys Hoskins to death, I like winning a lot more.
Go spend that money, John. Go make the trade, Klentak.
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