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McAdam: Don’t get excited about those Kris Bryant-Red Sox rumors

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In a list of five possible trade destinations for Kris Bryant, the Chicago Tribune today cited the Red Sox as a potential landing spot this winter, and noted that the Chicago Cubs and Red Sox had discussed a trade for Bryant prior to last August's trade deadline.

That deal didn't happen, of course, and one baseball source indicated that there were, in fact, no serious discussions between the teams regarding Bryant last summer.

Further, the source indicated that it was highly unlikely that the teams would match up on a Bryant deal this winter.

Bryant will be a free agent after the 2021 season, one of several key players eligible on Chicago's roster. (Kyle Schwarber, Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo are the others). In recognition of the fact that they can't possibly re-sign all four players, the Cubs are said to be open to listening to trade offers on at least some of the veteran players.

Bryant would be an expensive acquisition, even if it's only for one season. He's projected to earn $18.6 million in salary arbitration.