Of course, the league is currently in a lockout, but as soon as things get going again, Bryant should have no trouble finding a home for the 2022 season and likely beyond.
Shortly before the lockout went into effect, a report surfaced that offered some insight into what the market is like for Bryant.
Unsurprisingly, it sounds like a handful of teams are interested in his services.
Mets, Angels and Padres are among many teams to have shown interest in star free agent Kris Bryant, whose marketing is now percolating, Mariners, Phillies, Rockies, Astros among others who have checked in.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 2, 2021
Bryant would make any team better.
He has had some fantastic seasons throughout his career and surely has more in store.
Today, we’re going to rank his three best campaigns so far.
Let’s get started.
Honorable Mention: Bryant’s 2019 Season
Bryant’s 2019 campaign deserves a shout-out.
It doesn’t crack our top three, but it was a stellar year for him.
He slashed .282/.382/.521 with an OPS+ of 132.
He smacked 31 home runs, 35 doubles, and one triple, all of which helped him accumulate a nice bWAR of 4.4.
Bryant’s solid year didn’t go unnoticed, as he earned an All-Star selection along the way.
3. Bryant’s 2015 Season
The 2015 season was Bryant’s rookie campaign, and he broke into the big leagues with a bang.
As a first-year player, he hit 26 home runs, 31 doubles, and five triples in 151 games.
He posted an OPS of .858 and OPS+ of 135.
The former first-round pick was named an All-Star as a rookie, which is definitely a remarkable accomplishment.
He finished the season with a bWAR of 5.3.
He took home Rookie of the Year honors and even earned an 11th-place finish in the MVP race.
Congratulations to Kris Bryant, #Cubs 3B, just named N.L. Rookie of the Year unanimously — the first Cub to ever be named unanimously.
— Al Yellon (@bleedcubbieblue) November 16, 2015
The University of San Diego product lived up to the hype right away.
2. Bryant’s 2017 Season
Bryant’s 2017 season was another memorable one.
It was a monster campaign for him, as he posted some elite numbers.
He slashed .295/.409/.537 with 29 home runs, 38 doubles, and four triples.
He registered an OPS+ of 142 in the process, meaning he was 42 percent better than league average.
The four-time All-Star earned a bWAR of 5.7 and finished seventh in the NL MVP race.
He received MVP votes in each of the first three seasons of his career.
That’s a pretty rare feat.
1. Bryant’s 2016 Season
Bryant’s 2016 season was special in more ways than one, and it’s the obvious choice for the top spot on our list.
First and foremost, Bryant and the Chicago Cubs captured the 2016 World Series title.
For any player, winning a championship is the ultimate goal, and that’s exactly what Bryant was able to do with Chicago.
— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) October 30, 2020
But that’s not the only reason it was an unforgettable year for him.
It was also the best individual campaign of his career so far.
He won NL MVP honors after an outstanding regular season.
He batted .292 with an OPS of .939 and OPS+ of 146.
The superstar blasted 39 home runs, 35 doubles, and three triples.
He racked up a massive bWAR of 7.3, which was a career-best at the time and still stands as a career-best today.
Bryant might have a hard time ever topping his 2016 campaign.