Kris Bryant, Mookie Betts on the block? Four marquee MLB franchises ready for crazy winter

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Chicago Cubs had been intended to have the makings of a dynasty after they ended their 108-year International Sequence drought in 2016. They were not intended to be seeking to business away an All-Megastar this iciness to lengthen their window of alternative.

The New York Yankees received 103 video games and had been inside of two video games of the International Sequence, however taking into consideration this is the first decade in the last 100 years they failed to reach the World Series, do they go back to their old ways and drop $250 million on a pitcher?

The New York Mets went in for the kill a year ago, making aggressive, perhaps even reckless, moves, and now are trying to decide whether they stay pat or double down.

The Boston Red Sox have virtually the same team that won the World Series championship a year ago, but instead of trying to win their second title in three years, they’re more interested in carving away at their payroll.

Four marquee franchises.

And four different agendas.

In the first day of the annual General Manager Meetings at the Omni Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, their bosses laid out the plans for 2020, trying to balance expectations and madness.

Kris Bryant was named the NL MVP in 2016.

The Cubs, who have not won a postseason game since 2017, have let teams know that they are open for business. They will listen to offers on everyone from infielder Kris Bryant and Javy Baez to catcher Willson Contreras to outfielder Kyle Schwarber.

“This was coming,’’ Cubs president Theo Epstein told Chicago reporters. “It’s not like it was going to be one generation of players and that’s it. We knew, when a lot of our best players were cost controlled, those were the years we could squeeze the most amount of talent on the roster, and there would be difficult decisions and change ahead at some point.

“We’re just rapidly approaching that time, that’s all.”

The Red Sox produced the greatest season in franchise history just two years ago when they won 115 regular-season games and the World Series, but suddenly money has become a concern. Owner John Henry is making it no secret would like the club to strip their payroll by $30 million to get below the $208 million luxury tax, and fired GM Dave Dombrowski and hired Chaim Bloom to do the dirty work.

“It’s no different from how it was laid out when I got here,’’ Bloom told Boston reporters. “It’s certainly something we’d like to do. It’s not something that we’re absolutely mandated to do, but it’s certainly a goal. …

“We know our objective is to prioritize sustainability, prioritize competitiveness, not just this coming year but also in the long-term.’’

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