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Surprising AL team in contention to sign Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant in the dugout

Kris Bryant has spent his entire career in the National League, but it’s possible that he will switch leagues in 2022.

Bryant is one of the top free agents who decided not to sign before the MLB lockout. That means he is now looking for a new team.

MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported on Friday that there is “industry chatter” about Bryant potentially signing with the Seattle Mariners. Comments from Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto regarding the team’s needs all fit Bryant’s profile.

The Mariners aren’t the only team with interest in Bryant. Jon Heyman reported Friday that Bryce Harper is pushing his Phillies to make a run at Bryant, who is his longtime friend from Las Vegas.

Heyman mentioned the Padres, Mets and Rockies as other potential suitors for the 2016 NL MVP.

Bryant, 30, began his career explosively by winning NL Rookie of the Year and NL MVP in his first two seasons. However, his play dropped off as he struggled with a shoulder injury. He rebounded and displayed good form last season and hit 25 home runs with an .835 OPS.

Bryant could be a good fit for multiple teams due to his versatility. Though he has primarily been a third baseman during his career, the former longtime Cub also plays both corner outfield spots, and he can play first base as well.

Photo: Aug 3, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Kris Bryant (23) looks on in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

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