Report: Kris Bryant subject of Cubs-Blue Jays talks

Kris Bryant has been the subject of trade talks between the Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays, MLB Network reported.

Bryant, 29, has also drawn interest from the New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals, according to previous reports.

The Cubs are undergoing an offseason makeover with slugger Kyle Schwarber non-tendered and right-handed ace Yu Darvish sent to the San Diego Padres in a trade. Team president Theo Epstein is also gone with Jed Hoyer now the president of baseball operations.

A significant pay raise is expected for Bryant. He made $18.6 million in 2020 and is a fourth-year arbitration eligible player after three consecutive one-year deals to avoid arbitration.

But a trade could be complicated without a new contract agreement since Bryant is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the 2021 season.

Bryant was the National League MVP in 2016 and is a three-time All-Star. He has played third base and both corner outfield positions for the Cubs.

A previous MLB Network report linking the Nationals to the Cubs in Bryant trade discussions indicated Chicago was zeroed in on top Washington pitching prospect Jackson Rutledge.

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