If you thought the rumor mill was going to slow down now that spring training has arrived for the Colorado Rockies, that idea has been quickly put to rest.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Colorado Rockies are one of a handful teams that have have spoken with the Chicago Cubs about a possible trade for former National League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant.
In his article, Morosi also mentioned the Cubs have also spoken with the Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals about a potential deal.
As Morosi mentioned in his article, there has been talk about a Nolan Arenado-for-Bryant trade. However, the two teams have “not made much progress.” We looked at what an Arenado-for-Bryant trade might look like in this article.
In the latest installment of his Rockies Mailbag, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post mentioned that he could see Arenado waiving his no-trade clause for the Cubs, among other teams.
Additionally, Denver radio host Les Shapiro tweeted on Tuesday that two sources had confirmed to him that Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was continuing to pursue a trade with the Rockies.
Of course, Rockies fans know that there has been a great deal of speculation in recent weeks about the long-term status of Arenado in Colorado and a potential trade. A public back-and-forth between the All-Star third baseman and Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich grabbed the spotlight in recent weeks and Bridich’s ducking of questions about Arenado on Tuesday in his first spring training press conference did little to slow down speculation of a rift.
Bryant is due to become a free agent after the 2021 season, the same campaign where Arenado can opt out of his current contract.