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As the Giants begin another crucial series with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Friday’s MLB trade deadline inches ever closer to expiration, San Francisco is looking at making a potentially seismic move.
According to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi, the MLB-leading Giants are considering a trade for the Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant. Bryant, 29, has been one of the major names on the MLB trade market this summer, with just one year remaining on his expiring deal, having never reached a long-term agreement with Chicago.
Per Morosi’s report, the Cubs may request that the 24-year-old Joey Bart, the Giants’ No. 2 overall prospect and former No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, be included in any potential trade.
Bart, the former No. 2 overall pick, likely would be available only in a deal that involves players in addition to Bryant, a free agent after this year. Bryant would have great value to the Giants, with whom he could play 1B, 3B, and LF. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 28, 2021
That would be a monumental deal for a variety of reasons, with two former No. 2 overall picks (Bryant in the 2013 draft) swapping places, and the Giants moving on from a man who was widely expected to be a pillar of the organization’s future.
For Bart to be included, though, Morosi reports that there would have to be other players heading the Giants’ way; a one-for-one swap for a top-tier prospect and an elite-but-expiring corner infielder probably leans a little more favorably towards the Cubs’ end.