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Dodgers: Kris Bryant to LA Still Possible, Says Former MLB GM

Say what you will, but The Athletic’s Jim Bowden is still on the Bryant-to-LA train to a degree. The Dodgers are clearly in the mix to acquire Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox, but Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant could be an excellent back-up plan if the Dodgers strike out on yet another big name.

In Bowden’s most recent column, he links Kris Bryant to Los Angeles:

Here is the specific excerpt regarding the Dodgers for those who do not have subscriptions to The Athletic:

The Dodgers seem to be more interested in making a deal for Mookie Betts, Lindor or Arenado. If they whiff on all three of them, however, they could circle back to the Cubs. The Dodgers could offer a package centered on pitching prospects Tony Gonsolin and Josiah Gray. Bryant’s versatility to play third base, left field and right field fits well with the Dodgers’ blueprint of mixing and matching.

Bryant being back in trade rumors stems from him losing a service time grievance against the Cubs earlier this week. The loss meant that he now has two more seasons of team control before hitting free agency, making him a more attractive trade piece for a team.

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Kris Bryant is one of the best third basemen in the league and his versatility — with the capability to play first base, third base, and corner outfield spots — would be an exceptional fit in Los Angeles.

This will be all moot if the Dodgers do in fact acquire Mookie Betts, but Kris Bryant is almost as big of an acquisition. Bryant is just 28 years old and posted a slash line of .282/.382/.521 in 2019. He could be even better in 2020 and his grievance case losing could incentivize the Cubs to trade him now to get top dollar.

Still, the likelihood this move gets done feels slim to nil.

NEXT: Mookie Betts Offer Likely Centered Around Alex Verdugo, Not Gavin Lux

Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.


    1. Doesn’t Jim know about the top 5 farm? The Dodgers have prospects in their farm that are GOING to be much better than Bryant, or Mookie ever dreamed of being! Cmon Jim, Dodgers don’t need these over priced all star world series winners! Get real!!

      1. What??? That’s ridiculous . Who on the farm is a potential MVP??? In our wildest dream lux turns out as good as Betts or Bryant. But not likely.

  1. Save our money! I say that because, all this hoopla about this high price player or that player doesn’t promise a World Series ring. If we don’t get to the World Series or even the playoffs it will be a waste of money, our money because the Dodgers always raise the price of a ticket for these guys and us so-called Fanatics crazily go buying it up. And the Fans get nothing out of it but a few cheers and boos during the season and if the Dodgers fail more boos than yays.

  2. Uh Ruben, the Dodgers are the highest ticket,merchandise,parking etc in the league anyways. They are raising prices .So when they don’t sign any top tier players, they don’t win the World series, spend the 9th highest payroll, who exactly gets all of that money? When my pockets get cleaned out at a Dodgers game, I expect them to use that dough buying more talent, not painting the concrete light blue for the all star game..

    1. Exactly they raise prices every year regardless. They need to spend our money on real players

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