A classic baseball conundrum seems to be engulfing the Bay Area. Should the San Francisco Giants let catcher Joey Bart go in return for Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant? Bart is rumored to be a potential centerpiece of a possible trade that could land the Giants Bryant, as stated by Jon Morosi of the MLB Network.
Sources: The #SFGiants have spoken with the #Cubs about Kris Bryant, and the 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.
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.
The backdrop, of course, to this is the fact that the Giants are on top of the NL West that has become a three-team race that also involves the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. With a clear shot of making the postseason and a deep run in it, the Giants might be tempted to pull the trigger on a package including one of their finer young pieces in the organization for a proven star who’s still clearly in his prime.