Braves: 3 trades to make and 1 to avoid

Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs. (Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)
Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs. (Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs. (Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports) /

Pick Analysis. Chicago Cubs. 9. Scouting Report. 3B. Kris Bryant. 1. player

Easily the biggest trade target on the Braves’ radar this offseason is Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. It is apparent the days of the Cubs as World Series contenders are firmly in the rearview mirror. 2016 may not seem that long ago, but 2021 will be five years removed from the most monumental World Series victory of our lifetimes. Either way, this team will look different.

The reason the Braves would be interested in adding Bryant is it would be a way for them to offset losing Josh Donaldson and potentially Marcell Ozuna in back-to-back years in free agency. Bryant is in the last year of his contract with the Cubs and will be entering his age-29 season. This is a three-time All-Star with plenty of big game experience, one who could get Atlanta over the top.

While Arenado is the more complete third baseman, the Braves would not have to give up the farm to get him. Bryant would pair very nicely with Freeman at both corner infield spots. The best part is the Braves would be in fantastic position to re-sign their MVP first baseman before he hits free agency. It would possibly open up the door to allow Bryant to re-up with the Braves in 2022.

Pitching or position players would have to go the Cubs’ way. Because he will be a third base, that might mean Riley is a piece that goes the other way. Then again, Riley could be moved back to left field, allowing someone else on the Braves’ roster to be traded in exchange for a player like Bryant. Either way, the Braves are one of the most likely trade destinations for Bryant for good reason.