Although the Phillies discussed a trade for Bryant with the Cubs a few months ago, right now the teams don’t see themselves as a match, sources told The Athletic.
A trade would likely require third baseman Alec Bohm or right-hander Spencer Howard — and possibly both — for a deal to seriously move forward, along with other pieces.
From the Phillies’ perspective, the concerns in pursuing a potential deal for Bryant are multifaceted:
— The understandably high cost of talent/prospects the Cubs would want in return
— Only two years of control remain before Bryant reaches free agency
— Retaining Bryant beyond the 2021 season would require another massive contract and make the payroll top-heavy