The San Francisco Giants have reached a deal to acquire star third baseman Kris Bryant from the Chicago Cubs, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Friday.
The Cubs received two prospects in return — outfielder Alexander Canario and right-hander Caleb Kilian.
Bryant, who is hitting .267 with 18 home runs and 51 RBIs this season, adds immediate punch to the Giants lineup as San Francisco tries to stave off the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
San Francisco, despite injuries to many of its top players, leads the division by three games entering Friday’s games. Evan Longoria, Buster Posey, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford have all spent time on the IL this season.
After a sizzling start to the season that saw him hit .324 through May, Bryant slumped in June, hitting just .114 with five RBIs. He ranks 27th in the majors in OPS.
The move capped a massive housecleaning by the Cubs ahead of the trade deadline, with the team trading away Anthony Rizzo, Craig Kimbrel and Javier Baez, among others.
In yet another move, the Cubs traded outfielder Jake Marisnick to the San Diego Padres on Friday, a source told ESPN.
Bryant was drafted by the Cubs in 2013, winning Rookie of the Year and MVP in consecutive seasons. He helped the team break its 108-year championship drought back in 2016.
In seven MLB seasons with the Cubs, Bryant, an All-Star selection in 2019, has a .279 batting average with 160 home runs and 465 RBIs.