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The San Francisco Giants continue to lead the National League West, and increased their lead to three games by eking out a 2-1 win over the Dodgers on Tuesday night. But if they’re to hold onto that lead and remain contenders throughout the playoffs, they may need to make a move before Friday’s trade deadline.
San Francisco might already have a roster to compete, but in the toughest division in baseball, it could quickly become an arms race. The Padres already made a blockbuster deal for Pirates star second baseman and MLB’s hits leader, Adam Frazier.
MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported Tuesday night that the Giants had engaged the Chicago Cubs in trade talks over Kris Bryant, but that the Cubs may request the Giants’ No. 2 overall prospect, and recent No. 2 overall pick, Joey Bart. Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reported that Bart will not be available in those trade talks with the Cubs.
But Bryant is not the Giants’ only target. On Wednesday morning, Morosi reported that the Giants, Dodgers and Padres are the top suitors for Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer, and that a trade could happen as soon as Wednesday night.
Sources: Max Scherzer trade talks have continued to intensify, and those close to the conversations believe a deal could be reached by late tonight. The Giants, Dodgers, and Padres are among the top suitors, but other clubs are involved. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 28, 2021
At a certain point, it may become as much about acquiring Scherzer — whose reported preference is to go to the NL West — as it is about preventing division rivals from acquiring him.