KEY POINTS

  • Cubs and Rockies are discussing a possible swap of third baseman
  • Arenado wants to be on a team where he has help
  • Bryant looking for security which Cubs will not give

The Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs could end up swapping All-Star third basemen if talks fall through. The one-on-one trade is reportedly in the works where the Rockies would send Nolan Arenado to the Cubs in exchange for Kris Bryant.

While a straight one-on-one trade makes sense, it appears the Rockies badly want to ship the 28-year-old baseball player who apparently wants out. In a report from MLB.com, Arenado sent a text message, seemingly ticked off with certain people in the organization.

"There's a lot of disrespect from people there that I don't want to be a part of. You can quote that," said Arenado via text message.

More to that, it appears the inability of Colorado to add key pieces to make them contenders has added to his frustration.  This raises an alarm considering he just signed an eight-year $260 million contract extension about a year ago. Arenado is not only the best player on the Rockies but one of the top players in baseball right now, ESPN reported.

It seems that things are beyond control between Arenado and the Rockies. In fact, Colorado is reportedly willing to pick up a portion of his salary to see the trade pass. Last MLB season, the five-time All-Star hit .315 with 41 home runs and 118 RBI.

On the other end, the relationship between Bryant and the Cubs have soured. He is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2021 season. But the twist is that he lost his grievance against the Cubs.

The 28-year-old was seeking an extra year of service time to make sure he does not become a free agent until after 2021. Unfortunately, the MLB ruling ruled in favor of Chicago - something that hardly came as a surprise, according to a separate report by ESPN.

The lack of confidence could be because of Bryant's poor performance during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Although he managed to do better in 2019, it was not enough to convince the Cubs. Worse, Chicago failed to make the playoffs.

A change in scenery could alter Bryant's outlook, the same with Arenado. There are more things to consider such as the time when both will hit free agency. The final decision lies on the top brass of both the Rockies and the Cubs.

Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies throws to first base in the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs during the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images