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D-backs have discussed, explored potential Kris Bryant trade with Cubs

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 20: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs at bat during a game against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on August 20, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Giants 5-3. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The Arizona Diamondbacks could have their eyes on power hitting Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant.

Per 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro, there have been “rumblings of the D-backs at least exploring a Kris Bryant trade.

“I can tell you they have discussed it and explored the options of trading for Kris Bryant,” Gambo told Bickley & Marotta on Tuesday.

Bryant makes $18.6 million annually, and is under team control for this season and next.

Bryant has put together an impressive resume as a member of the Cubs, averaging .284 with 751 hits, 138 homers and 403 RBIs, while slugging .516.

The third baseman has been an All-Star three of his five seasons in the league, won Rookie of the Year in 2015, earned NL MVP honors in 2016 and is coming off a 31-home run, 77-RBI season in 2019.

The move could essentially move Eduardo Escobar to second base, with Christian Walker holding down first. A Bryant trade would also likely put Ketel Marte in center field full-time.

With Bryant potentially in the mix, the D-backs would add more firepower to a team looking for an extra bat.

A trade for Bryant would undoubtedly give the D-backs one of their most noteworthy offseasons to date, with the team already signing Madison Bumgarner away from the San Francisco Giants and extending outfielder David Peralta three more years.

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