3 Giants Veterans That Could Be Traded During the 2020 MLB Season
The San Francisco Giants have a tough road ahead of them in 2020. FanGraphs has the Giants playoff odds at just 0.6%. FanDuel Sportsbook has them at +15000 to win the NL West and put their team win over/under at 68.5.
With this in mind, the Giants are likely to be sellers during the 2020 season. After shortsightedly electing not to trade off veterans during the 2019 deadline, President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi will likely not make the same mistake in 2020. The Giants should have some productive veterans that could be on the block soon.
1. Jeff Samardzija
Jeff Samardzija is on the final year of the $90 million contract he signed back in 2016. Although Samardzija has been inconsistent at times, he's still a valuable innings eater that posted a 3.52 ERA last season. His strikeout numbers and velocity stats are down, but it's hard to count out the veteran pitcher after years of solid results. As long as Samardzija is reasonably within his career averages, his expiring contract means that he could find himself in a deadline deal for the second time in his career.
2. Tony Watson
Tony Watson is on the last year of his contract and has been a solid lefty reliever for the last nine seasons. Watson is uniquely positioned as a lefty who can handle the new three-batter minimum rule, with a career 3.97 FIP against right-handed bats, and he is set to start the year as the Giants' closer. Watson has a nagging shoulder injury and a declining strikeout rate, but there will be many teams searching for bullpen help at the deadline, especially from the left side. He is a prime candidate to be dealt in July.
3. Alex Dickerson
Alex Dickerson isn't a traditional trade candidate given that he's only spent three years in the majors, but the Giants are uniquely positioned to trade the 29-year-old. Dickerson is a great left-handed bat who crushes righties and can man the outfield. The Giants have outfield prospects like Heliot Ramos and Hunter Bishop coming through the system and may not be committed to Dickerson through his arbitration years. Dickerson had an .880 OPS in 56 games for the Giants in the second half and could be an intriguing option for playoff-bound teams.
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