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The Giants are in possession of this season's biggest trade chip.

Ace Madison Bumgarner will be in high demand if the Giants decide to sell before the July 31 trade deadline. And he could bring back the type of haul that changes the future of the franchise.

So what should the Giants ask for in return?

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian has a general idea.

"If you're the Yankees and you have these injuries, how can you not go after him?," Kurkjian said on Tuesday. "If you're the Braves and he's the difference between not making the playoffs and winning the division ... The Brewers, almost any team would love to have him. But the Giants are going to say 'If you want our best player, you better load up with four top players, young guys, or we're not dealing him.'"

The Giants' farm system is pretty thin. After top prospects Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos, there aren't many impact players to speak of.

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The Yankees and Brewers don't have a lot of high-end prospects left after all the trades the made over the last two years, but the Braves have one of the best farm systems in baseball and are loaded with Top 100 prospects. That includes pitchers Mike Soroka, Kyle Wright, Ian Anderson, Touki Toussaint, Bryse Wilson, and position players like Cristian Pache, Austin Riley and Drew Waters. 

 

So, our advice to the Giants? Call Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos and ask for a lot for Bumgarner.