SAN DIEGO — The third-base dominoes began to fall around baseball when Anthony Rendon signed his mega-deal with the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. It means a market that Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo called “active” can really take off. The end result might be a shocking trade of former MVP Kris Bryant, who would be leaving the Chicago Cubs after five seasons.
“The chatter around Bryant has been steady,” one rival executive said this week at the winter meetings.
The Cubs will probably have to wait in line until one more free agent, Josh Donaldson, comes off the board. That’ll leave Bryant as an attractive chip who will cost limited dollars, though top prospects would undoubtedly have to go back to Chicago. Things could move quickly.
“The third-base market is an active market,” Rizzo said before Rendon signed with the Angels. “There are several teams in the market for that particular position. I think it will move fairly rapidly, not only in the free-agent market but also in the trade market.”
Donaldson is next up and could be a great fit for Rizzo and the defending champions. They aren’t afraid to sign the bigger, longer-term deals, though Donaldson’s…