The Cubs are open for business, and prospective buyers are lining up.
MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Thursday night the Mets are among "multiple teams" interested in Cubs All-Star Kris Bryant.
Sources have also told NBC Sports Chicago the Mets are interested in Bryant.
The Cubs' selloff began earlier Thursday, when they shipped outfielder Joc Pederson to the Braves for first base prospect Bryce Ball. It's the first of likely several deals they make before the July 30 trade deadline.
Bryant, who's set to become a free agent this offseason, is one of the Cubs' top trade chips. He'll be one of the most sought-after bats on the market in the coming weeks.
New York also was interested in Bryant over the offseason, following the shortened 60-game 2020 season in which he had a down offensive showing in a small 34-game sample size.
Bryant even received a fake text message this winter from a Connecticut number stating he had been traded to New York.
Bryant has bounced back in a major way this season, making his fourth All-Star team. He's hitting .271/.353/.502 with 16 home runs in 81 games.
The 29-year-old has been the Cubs' top offensive player this season while providing valuable defensive versatility. He's made 10 or more starts at five different positions — first and third base, and left, right and center field.