Cubs rumors: Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo available for trade during Winter Meetings

Cubs rumors: Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo available for trade during Winter Meetings

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Cubs have told teams they are willing to discuss trade proposals for nearly any player on their roster.

Bryant, a 26-year-old third baseman and outfielder, won the National League Rookie of the Year in 2015 and the league's Most Valuable Player award the following season, when the Cubs won the World Series.

Almost everyone will be available for trade heading into Winter Meetings - including Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, according to a report from ESPN's Buster Olney.

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo saw all the articles that were saying that Bryant and himself could be traded this offseason and responded with the following tweet.

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In short, Epstein confirmed that the answer he gave was to a "general question about whether we have untouchables" and not about Bryant or any other player specifically. "I think it sends the wrong message", Epstein said. "But I just don't believe in operating with untouchables because why limit yourself in any way?" Bryant had 13 home runs and 52 RBIs and hit.272, all career lows. Bryant went on the disabled list twice with left shoulder trouble.

He rejected a long-term contract extension offer from the Cubs worth at least $200 million last month, according to multiple reports.

"We are lucky to have some impact players, and we are looking to add to them, not subtract", Epstein said. They've operated under a projected competitive window with him that runs through 2021, his final season as a club-controlled arbitration player.

Certainly the Cubs consider 2019 a crossroads season as they try to recapture the urgency and production their young core showed in 2016, with manager Joe Maddon playing out a lame-duck season.

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