The Kris Bryant trade whispers come with an asterisk, but the whispers are starting all the same.
A Bryant trade from the Cubs will not come at the winter meetings as they await to find out the result of the third baseman’s service time grievance. If Bryant and agent Scott Boras are victorious in proving the Cubs manipulated his service time in 2015 then the slugging infielder would become a free agent after next season.
A decision from an arbitrator is not expected for a couple of weeks, but when there is one we are getting an early indication as to who might be interested in acquiring him if Chicago opts to deal him.
“We’re fairly confident in what the outcome is going to be but the timing is a bit frustrating,” Cubs president Theo Epstein told ESPN.com. “It would be nice to know. We’re at the winter meetings and there hasn’t been a ruling. I understand these things take time. It’s not going to be more than a couple weeks away but it would be nice to have that final confirmation.”