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SF Giants: Three reasons to trade catcher Joey Bart

Nick San Miguel
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Starting pitcher Johnny Cueto #47 of the SF Giants talks to catcher Joey Bart during the game against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on September 21, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Starting pitcher Johnny Cueto #47 of the SF Giants talks to catcher Joey Bart during the game against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on September 21, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Joey Bart #21 of the San Francisco Giants bats during the game against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on September 18, 2020 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Giants 6-0. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)

Reason #1: The team has other more pressing needs

It is no secret that the San Francisco Giants need help with the starting rotation. Kevin Gausman was the lone bright spot from the rotation who is going to return in 2021.

Meanwhile, the Giants are fairly stacked at the catcher position throughout their organization. Buster Posey, arguably one of the best catchers in the game, will be back. Curt Casali will likely be a solid backup. Chadwick Tromp showed promise in his time last year. Plus, the Giants selected switch-hitting catcher Patrick Bailey in the first round in the 2020 MLB Draft.

The SF Giants have a lot of depth at the catcher position, so it may make sense for the team to trade Bart, who is still a valuable prospect for many teams, in exchange for a young starting pitching prospect who may have the potential to be a future ace for the Giants.

The young starters currently on the Giants, Logan Webb, Tyler Beede, Conner Menez, have all shown some promise, but it is clear they aren’t going to be the next Lincecum, Cain, and Bumgarner. Then again, it is unlikely that the Giants will ever draft three starters who contribute as much to the franchise as those three.

Nonetheless, trading Bart in exchange for a starting pitching prospect would bolster the SF Giants’ farm system when it comes to pitching and would not take away from their organizational depth at the catcher position.

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