San Francisco Giants Should Sell: 4 Players to Move
2. Will Smith and Tony Watson
The Giants bullpen has been strong and much of the reason for that has been Smith and Watson. The two gunslingers have been two of the best left-handed relief pitchers in the National League, and with their experience closing games, they will be highly sought after if they are made available to playoff-bound teams.
Smith has been the most consistent reliever for the Giants this year with a 1.45 ERA in 32 games and 31 innings pitched. He’s allowed 19 hits and seven walks, while striking out 42 batters.
Watson has been nearly as good with a 2.17 ERA in 48 games and 45.2 innings pitched. He’s given 37 hits and 10 free passes for a WHIP of 1.02, while striking out 46.
Every team contending for the playoffs is looking for help in the back of their bullpen. Smith and Watson would both move to the top of the list of available relivers.
Watson is signed through at least 2019 for $3.5 million, and he has a player option of $2.5 million for the 2020 season when he’ll be 35 years old.
Smith is still arbitration eligible for the next two seasons, and is just 28 years old.
As much as the Giants would prefer to keep both, it might be too hard to pass up a chance to get a strong return from a playoff-desperate team making a late run.