MLB Insider: Rangers Trade For Kris Bryant Or Willson Contreras Makes Sense

Josh Clark
October 03, 2019 - 10:11 am

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - When the Texas Rangers 2019 season came to a close this week, general manager Jon Daniels spoke to the media about upgrading the club in the offseason. The two biggest areas of need - starting pitching and third base.

The good thing for the Rangers is there are two third basemen among the top free agents on the open market - Anthony Rendon and Josh Donaldson. And when you include Houston Astros ace Gerrit Cole, you can clearly see who the Rangers will target when they dive into the "bigger pool of players," as Daniels said on the Ben and Skin Show on 105.3 The Fan

Free agency, of course, isn't the only way to upgrade the club. Daniels, as Rangers fans know, has always had a knack for adding talent via trade (Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Josh Hamilton, Elvis Andrus, etc.). So you can bet that he'll be interested in adding a 27-year-old third baseman who could be made available in a trade this winter. 

Rumors have been swirling that the Chicago Cubs will make Kris Bryant available to clubs after he posted three straight disappointing seasons following his National League MVP campaign in 2016, and one MLB insider says Texas will be among the teams who would be interested. 

"If Bryant ends up getting moved they're going to be a team the Cubs talk to," Jon Morosi said of The Texas Rangers on 670 The Score in Chicago Tuesday. 

"I would say Texas' farm system is solid, not great, but it's good enough. They got some young pitching there, which is what the Cubs need. ... I think that's a really really good potential fit there. I think better on (Willson) Contreras than Bryant, but either one makes some sense.

"If you're a Cubs fan, study up on those Rangers prospect lists in the days to come because that's going to be a major story of the winter."

Catcher is another position Daniels said he's looking into upgrading this offseason, so Contreras could be a fit here. The club could also elect to give Jose Trevino more opportunities behind the plate. 

When it comes to Bryant, Morosi pointed out that "there's very little doubt" he'll be available. However, the Cubs would want a lot in return for him despite his struggles and recent nagging injuries. 

Morosi says the trade would be a hard sell to the team's fanbase unless they were able to get at least a top-30 prospect to headline the return package. 

Bryant, whose eligible for arbitration the next two seasons, hit .282 with 31 home runs and 77 RBI over 147 games in 2019. He earned $12.9 million in 2019. 

Listen to the interview below.