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NY Mets Trade Rumors: Best prospect you would trade for Kris Bryant

Jun 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) bats against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) bats against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Kris Bryant trade season is here and this means as much discussion as humanly possible about New York Mets trade rumors and the Chicago Cubs third baseman. The team is reportedly interested in Bryant (what else is new?) and a deal with the Cubbies before the month is through could come to fruition.

In order to acquire Bryant, the Mets would have to do the most insane thing imaginable: trade a minor league player or two and perhaps even three!

There are some fans who are reluctant to even contemplate the mere idea of trading away a talented young and controllable player for a rental like Bryant. They throw up a little in their mouths whenever a social media post about Mets trade rumors and Bryant hits their feed. Even if it meant the big league roster is better now, the possibility of what a guy can do in the future seems to take control of their mind like some sort of parasite.

I understand the hesitation to trade away particular prospects for Bryant. This is precisely why I want to pose a question to all readers: who is the best prospect you would give up?

Mets trade rumors linking them to Kris Bryant could cost them a major prospect, but who?

Exactly which Mets prospects are expendable and which are not is completely fluid. When the team acquired Francisco Lindor, it felt a little more possible that Ronny Mauricio could eventually be on the move. His struggles this season could make it possible, but I’m not ready to give up on him just yet. He was ranked the number one prospect in the Flushing system for a reason.

No, this isn’t a “why the Mets should trade Ronny Mauricio” discussion. To acquire Bryant, I would prefer to go a little further down the list.

J.T. Ginn is a young Mets minor league pitcher and often a forgotten one. Drafted off of having Tommy John Surgery in college, he is pitching for the first time regularly this year since 2019.

Ginn is performing well with St. Lucie and is a top ten Mets prospect. In the second-tier after the club’s recent first-round selections and superb amateur free agent signings, Ginn might be the best prospect we forgot about.

Thus far, any and all Mets trade rumors have focused less on who they would give up and more what they’re interested in. This isn’t anything abnormal. Typically, we don’t hear much about the minor league side of things.

Ginn is 22 and definitely a guy with a future ahead of him. However, as someone drafted by the old regime, there’s no sentimental value toward keeping him.

Just as Brodie Van Wagenen wasn’t shy about trading trade picks Sandy Alderson made, this current front office with Alderson back in it has been willing to trade away players BVW landed. Josh Wolf, for instance, was taken in the second round of 2019 and was traded away this winter in the Lindor swap. It wouldn’t be a shock to see more deals down the line involving Van Wagenen draft picks.

The addition of Kumar Rocker to the Mets farm system does make Ginn a little easier to part with. Matt Allan is still here recovering from Tommy John Surgery which gives the club a pair of talented arms to watch progress and become legitimate big-name prospects one day.

Although the Mets have made it known they have little interest in trading away any of their top prospects, Ginn might fall outside of the inner circle. Impressive as a pro thus far, he’d be my choice as the best prospect I would move in a deal for Bryant.

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Bryant brings too much to the table and would be hard to pass on if Ginn is the best player the Mets need to deal away in order to acquire him. The 2021 season is a wide-open window to win it all. If these Mets trade rumors about their interest in Bryant do come true, it’s going to cost a big price. Trading Ginn may sting, but it won’t completely deflate the farm.