What looked like it could be a year in which the Cubs would buy when they sat at 42-33 quickly turned into a mess with Chicago losing 13 of 15 going into the All-Star break. Meanwhile, the New York Mets are atop the NL East with a record of 47-40 and are poised to make a run into the postseason.
Via Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Mets are one of a handful of teams interested in the versatile Cubs All-Star.
Mets are among multiple teams with interest in Kris Bryant, whose versatility makes him a fit for many
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 16, 2021
The Mets could use another bat, as the pitching has largely carried New York through 87 games so far. What makes Bryant so intriguing to many is his ability to play all over the field. Bryant has started in all three outfield spots and both corner infield spots so far this season. Plus, it isn't a small sample size at any of the positions.
Bryant has started 24 games in right field, 22 in left field and 14 in center. On the infield, he has registered 27 starts at third base and 12 at first base. There's a reason teams like the Mets are salivating at the opportunity to scoop him up.
With the Cubs fading out of contention, there could be a full on fire sale in Chicago. Kris Bryant and Craig Kimbrel are both likely to be traded, and Javy Baez and Anthony Rizzo could both hit free agency at the end of the year. With no contract extensions in sight, it could be a real sad reality hitting Cubbies Nation soon. Teams like the Mets will look to pounce.