The Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants have discussed a Kris Bryant trade that might involve Joey Bart.
It turns out a Kris Bryant trade might end up being a blockbuster after all.
As the MLB Trade Deadline approaches on Friday, the Chicago Cubs are continuing to consider whether or not they will be sellers. As the needle tips towards ‘yes’, the San Francisco Giants are attempting to break the gauge with a deal that would give the Cubs its best possible trade scenario.
Kris Bryant is the biggest trade chip the Cubs hold, but losing him on the North Side would have a potentially devastating effect for fans. If the Cubs were to get a massive haul for Bryant, however, that might go a long way in soothing the burn of watching the last Cubs player to win MVP leave the franchise.
A haul that, let’s say, involves one of the top prospects in all of baseball.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Giants and Cubs have discussed a Kris Bryant trade that might send top prospect Joey Bart back to Chicago.
“The San Francisco Giants have spoken with the Cubs about Kris Bryant,” Morosi reported on Tuesday night. “Cubs are evaluating 24-year-old catcher Joey Bart as one candidate to be requested on their side of the talks. Bart has a .904 OPS this year at Triple-A.”
Bryant would continue to make the Giants a serious World Series threat in the National League, but giving up Joey Bart is quite the price to pay. Even if the Giants win the World Series in 2021, losing Bart — a potential franchise centerpiece that San Francisco could build its next era around — might not be worth it.
For the Cubs, Bart is absolutely incredible return for Bryant. Bart is a top prospect in all of baseball and is on track to be the next great catcher in the game. Chicago would go from trading its franchise MVP to acquiring a player who could meet and possible exceed what Bryant accomplished.