After missing out on a potential Francisco Lindor swap, the Toronto Blue Jays are still looking for that elusive big move.
The team is reportedly considering turning their attention to another star infielder, Cubs third baseman, Kris Bryant.
If we rewind back to the 2010 MLB draft we remember names like Bryce Harper going first overall to the Washington Nationals and Manny Machado going third overall to the Baltimore Orioles. If you continue to go down the draft board all the way to the 18th round, you will find that the Blue Jays actually drafted Chicago Cubs third baseman, Kris Bryant.
Rather than sign with the Blue Jays, however, Bryant decided to go to the University of San Diego to up his draft stock. This was indeed a smart move on his part as just a few years later, in 2013, Bryant was selected second overall to the Chicago Cubs.
Fast forward to yesterday, MLB insider, Jon Morosi tweeted about the Blue Jays ‘checking in’ on the perennial all-star:
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Kris Bryant has had a spectacular start to his MLB career. He made his MLB debut in 2015 where he put the league on notice winning the Rookie of the Year award and also being awarded an all-star game appearance. Just one year later, in 2016, Bryant put together another season for the ages winning National League MVP and leading the Chicago Cubs to their first championship in 107 years.
Kris Bryant has not performed at that MVP level over the past couple of years, but the 28-year-old veteran is still a very solid hitter and a solid fielder as well.
With the surplus of depth in the Blue Jays infield, a question on the minds of many would be concerning the position would Bryant play if there was in fact a move north of the border?
Although Kris Bryant has played the majority of his career at third base, it should be noted that he has played a ton of games elsewhere on the diamond. In fact, in his 2016 MVP season, he played more innings in the outfield (905.2) than he did at third base (857). Since that season, his time in the field has been dominated at third, but the point is, he is more than capable of playing in the outfield or obviously DH.
At age 28, Kris Bryant is entering his prime baseball years. Adding another power hitter to this line-up could be a great move for the Blue Jays. It would also surprise no one if the Cubs are really trying to trade him after the departure of both Yu Darvish and Kyle Schwarber.