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What’s everyone thoughts on him as a possible RF option for next year?  Would you consider trading for him between now and next Wednesday’s non-tender dealdline?  If so, what would you be willing to give up to acquire him?

On the White Sox Talk Podcast, David Kaplan was a guest and believes it’s 50/50 that Kris gets non-tendered.  With a projected salary in the $22M to $23M range, his view is the acquisition cost would much lighter than what most Cubs fans would be expect.  Chuck & McGuffey through out Stiever & a low level lottery ticket as a theoretical package.

Obviously right now without knowing our budget it’s hard to speculate what broader set of moves is possible, but Bryant would be a hell of a buy low option that could pay off massively in 2021.  However, seems like it would almost certainly be a one year thing, which maybe is fine if you’re confident Colas can be in the RF mix by 2022.

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If he’s non-tendered id absolutely go after him. If he’s not, there’s no chance Jed would trade him across town.

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Would love Bryant. If there's any way to get him and extend him then I'd be overjoyed. He's going to be a great ball player in the next few years and I feel like he is being under valued right now because of injuries and inconsistencies (not necessarily his fault).

 

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If they know for sure they can't/won't sign Springer, I would take a flyer on a Stiever + a low level lottery ticket for Bryant.  He probably goes to FA no matter what happens, but I take his production in a prove it/prove healthy year and re-address RF again next winter.

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10 minutes ago, NCsoxfan said:

If he’s non-tendered id absolutely go after him. If he’s not, there’s no chance Jed would trade him across town.

What did I miss? This is a legitimate possibility?

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At full price and only one year of control,  I damned sure wouldn't give up anything for him. As a nontender, I would explore him at a cheaper price.

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6 minutes ago, Chicago White Sox said:

And I was wrong, sounds like his arb projection is around $18.6M, so not nearly as high as I had thought.

That's what he made in 2020, so I can't see that being accurate. 

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1 hour ago, ChiSoxJon said:

What did I miss? This is a legitimate possibility?

Nothing concrete but there’s been scuttlebutt that it’s a possibility 

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1 hour ago, southsider2k5 said:

At full price and only one year of control,  I damned sure wouldn't give up anything for him.

Nothing???

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22 minutes ago, southsider2k5 said:

I get that, but arbitration really doesn't work that way.

Doesn’t work what way?

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2 minutes ago, southsider2k5 said:

No raise.

Technically a player can get a 20% decrease through arbitration.  As for Bryant, not getting a raise seems about right given how bad he was last year.

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1 minute ago, Chicago White Sox said:

Technically a player can get a 20% decrease through arbitration.  As for Bryant, not getting a raise seems about right given how bad he was last year.

They can technically agree to less money. The team just needs to offer 80% of the previous year's salary if it goes to an arbitration hearing.

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1 hour ago, Chicago White Sox said:

Technically a player can get a 20% decrease through arbitration.  As for Bryant, not getting a raise seems about right given how bad he was last year.

When was the past time it actually happened?

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3 hours ago, southsider2k5 said:

A bad contract?

Bryant for one year at 20ish mil is not worth much in the trade market but he's worth more than nothing. 

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28 minutes ago, NCsoxfan said:

Bryant has to be kicking himself for turning down that offer a few years back.

What was the offer? If he returns to career norms next year, it would be as if 2020 never happened when he hits FA IMO. I mean we're talking about 34 games here.

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14 minutes ago, Vulture said:

What was the offer? If he returns to career norms next year, it would be as if 2020 never happened when he hits FA IMO. I mean we're talking about 34 games here.

If you Google you’ll see lots of articles about how he turned down an offer “well north of $200mil”. Tough to say how many years, but I’m guessing 7?

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2 minutes ago, NCsoxfan said:

If you Google you’ll see lots of articles about how he turned down an offer “well north of $200mil”. Tough to say how many years, but I’m guessing 7?

Hmm. I'll go with eight. In that case he'd have to sign at 6/160+ to get into back that range presuming he gets something like 21.5 mil in arb. I guess he's got his work cut out for him. 

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So if Bryant is going to get traded, it would likely be by Wednesday before non-tender deadline?

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