Rumors: Mets’ bonkers trade deadline blockbuster with Cubs, revealed
Kris Bryant was another huge name the Cubs sent away. They traded him to the San Francisco Giants right as the deadline was coming to an end. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Mets almost pulled off a massive blockbuster with the Cubs that also included Bryant.
Then there were the Mets, who discussed a blockbuster with the Cubs, but grew less inclined to complete the trade because of the uncertainty surrounding the physical condition of their ace right-hander, Jacob deGrom.
In the proposed deal, the Mets would have acquired infielder-outfielder Kris Bryant, shortstop Javier Báez, right-hander Trevor Williams and a fourth major leaguer for minor-league outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong, a prospect they regarded even more highly and a major leaguer under multi-year club control, sources said. The names of the unidentified players could not be confirmed.
That would’ve been an all-in move by the Mets to acquire Bryant and Baez, both of whom will be free agents at the end of the year. It also may have been the correct call to not complete that blockbuster for New York, given the recent news that deGrom will likely miss the rest of the season.
The Cubs have predictably faded into irrelevance for the rest of this year after all their moves, but with Baez going to the Mets and getting banged up himself, New York has started to fade in the N.L. East.