SF Giants-Tampa Bay Rays Blake Snell Trade #5
Rays Get: C Joey Bart, OF Alex Dickerson, CF Grant McCray
Giants Get: LHP Blake Snell
Baseball Trade Value Simulator Evaluation: Rays +3.7
The second overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft, catcher Joey Bart has long been viewed as the heir apparent to Giants legend Buster Posey. With Posey opting out in 2020, Bart made his big-league debut and looked overmatched. However, almost all prospect experts still consider him a top-25 prospect in baseball with the potential to be a perennial All-Star.
Still, Posey is returning in 2021 and San Francisco has built an impressive amount of depth behind the plate. Aside from Bart, Chadwick Tromp seems ready to at least be a big-league backup behind Posey and the team still has Bailey. That’s before getting to other intriguing prospects like Ricardo Genoves.
Catcher has been a hole in Tampa Bay for some time and the Rays could acquire an immediate starter with incredible upside. Dickerson is a controllable corner outfield bat that would help fill there needs in the outfield and at DH as well. McCray would add some solid system depth too.
Losing Bart would be the Giants betting on their coaching staff’s ability to extract an offensive resurgence from Posey like they did with Belt this year. While he’s a free agent after 2021, it’s hard not to see him returning to San Francisco if Bart was in another organization. If Posey could remain a solid player into his mid-30s, trading Bart and waiting for Bailey could make a lot of sense. Especially, if they could acquire Snell for Bart and a couple of peripheral players.
The SF Giants have an obvious need in their starting rotation. If the Tampa Bay Rays are shopping their ace Blake Snell, there a number of ways Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi could construct a deal to add the southpaw.