Kris Bryant was mic’d up with Joe Buck, and the Cubs star was asked how he stays focused despite his name constantly popping up in trade rumors.
“Honestly, I feel like moving around all these positions really helps me. I mean, it’s a new thing everyday; I’m just trying to focus on that day. Right now, I still got the (Chicago) Cubs on my chest and I’m proud of that, and I’m proud to play for such an unbelievable city. Until they tell me I’m not, I’ll go out there and give it all I got.”Kris Bryant on staying focused despite trade rumors
Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs are currently in the midst of an abysmal stretch. They are 2-8 in their last 10 games and were, at one point, on an 11 game losing streak. Despite this poor stretch of play, the Cubs still find themselves in the middle of the National League Central.
Although Chicago sits third in their division and could still make the playoffs, Cubs’ GM Jed Hoyner is more realistic.
“Eleven days ago, we were fully on the buy side of (the trade deadline). Everyone was calling about that. Obviously, people are now calling to see which players are avaiable. So, it’s a very different scenario than we expected. Life comes at you fast.”Jed Hoyner discussing the Cubs’ plans ahead of the Trade Deadline
As Bryant alluded to, he does indeed play all over the diamond. This season, his starts by position have looked like this:
- Right Field – 27
- Center Field – 10
- Left Field – 14
- Third Base – 24
- First Base – 10
The 2021 MLB Trade Deadline is on July 30th. Kris Bryant will surely be a hot commodity ahead of this date. Bryant’s ability to play all over the field makes him a terrific asset for any contending ball club. His play at the plate is well above average as well. Bryant is slashing .271/.353/.502 with 16 home runs this season.