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The San Francisco Giants have been floated as a potential trade suitor for Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras. Do they have the assets to make a move?
With the Joey Bart experiment not going according to plan, the Giants never got a chance to move on from Buster Posey in necessary fashion. Posey was an arguable Hall-of-Fame candidate in San Francisco, and his decision to retire at 34 years old left the team with a hole at the position, which was meant to be filled by Bart.
In 36 games, Bart is slashing just .156/.296/.300. Those numbers will not do.
While Contreras is on a contract year, San Francisco hasn’t been afraid to go big-game hunting. Just last season, they made a trade for Kris Bryant, also previously with the Cubs.
So why not discuss a similar trade with a familiar partner?
A Giants-Cubs trade scenario for Willson Contreras
C, WIllson Contreras
C, Patrick Bailey
RHP, Kai-Wei Teng
Contreras may be on a contract year, but he’s still an All-Star level catcher and the best player at his position available for trade, by a long shot. For the Giants to acquire Contreras, they’ll need to give up prospect capital. This deal includes two players in their MLB Pipeline top-10, and another top-30 in Teng.
Pomares is the No. 6 prospect in the organization, but is blocked by two other outfielders, namely Luis Matos and Heliot Ramos.
Bailey, meanwhile, makes far more sense than Bart to include in this deal. He projects to be a better contact hitter and is a first-round pick coming off injury. There is some risk here, but the Giants will want to keep Bart as collateral in case they lose Contreras in free agency. Bart also doesn’t fit the Cubs’ window, while Bailey is just 23 years old.
Teng just barely made the Giants’ prospect rankings at No. 30, but as a Double-A reliever could get some MLB action on a struggling team like Chicago.
Contreras is the best and most promising player in this trade, bar none. Chicago, meanwhile, is building its farm system for the future.