Buster Olney published a report Friday morning indicating that Theo Epstein would take offers for Kris Bryant. Olney’s sensationalized thesis centered on generalized comments that no one is untouchable and the Cubs would be willing to listen to every offer on principle. ESPN’s Jesse Rogers went on to promote the idea (Twitter links here and here), as did several other media outlets.
Anthony Rizzo took to Twitter to respond to the absurd notion in a fashion befitting his de facto captaincy.
“Sources” LOL why don’t people just own up instead of writing article for clicks? It’s football seasons take a brake and chill
— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) November 10, 2018
Reached for comment in the wake of Olney’s overblown report, Epstein further clarified his comments from Wednesday at the GM Meetings. As though he really needed to given his statement that “it would be going backward” to part with Bryant, Rizzo, or Javy Baez at this point.
“I answered a general question about whether we have untouchables,” Epstein said. “Like most every organization, we will listen to anything, but that’s just an operating philosophy.
“We are lucky to have some impact players and we are looking to add to them, not subtract.”
So there you have it, folks. There’s no chance Kris Bryant is going anywhere, and the notion that the Cubs would consider dealing him is laughable.