Say what you will, but The Athletic’s Jim Bowden is still on the Bryant-to-LA train to a degree. The Dodgers are clearly in the mix to acquire Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox, but Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant could be an excellent back-up plan if the Dodgers strike out on yet another big name.
In Bowden’s most recent column, he links Kris Bryant to Los Angeles:
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) January 31, 2020
Here is the specific excerpt regarding the Dodgers for those who do not have subscriptions to The Athletic:
The Dodgers seem to be more interested in making a deal for Mookie Betts, Lindor or Arenado. If they whiff on all three of them, however, they could circle back to the Cubs. The Dodgers could offer a package centered on pitching prospects Tony Gonsolin and Josiah Gray. Bryant’s versatility to play third base, left field and right field fits well with the Dodgers’ blueprint of mixing and matching.
Bryant being back in trade rumors stems from him losing a service time grievance against the Cubs earlier this week. The loss meant that…