2. Willson Contreras
The SF Giants saw a lot from Joey Bart last season. They saw some good, and some bad, and everything in between. By the end of the year, you could not confidently say that Bart was either a bust or the catcher of the future.
It seems the Giants are willing to give Bart the role of starting catcher again in 2023 to see if he can take the mantle left by Buster Posey, but what if they decided to go out and get one of the premier catchers on the market in the form of Willson Contreras?
There was talk last trade deadline that the Giants may trade for the catcher, but a deal was not made.
Contreras has been a solid hitting catcher since he came into the league. Last season he hit .243/.349/.466 with 22 homers and 55 RBI in 113 games.
Compare that with Bart's numbers: .215/.296/.364 with 11 homers and 25 RBI in 97 games. Is it conceivable that Bart can eventually get to the production level that Contreras is currently at? Yes. We have seen flashes of Bart's power at the plate.
However, we also have seen his inconsistencies. Signing Contreras would have turned the catching position into a strength from a question mark.
As it stands, we will have to see whether Bart can take a step forward next season and look more consistently like the catcher many believe he can be.