It goes without saying that Will Smith is one of the more enticing trade pieces that the Giants possess heading into 2019.
Smith established himself as a respectable closer in 2018, and teams are never afraid to have a stronger bullpen.
Obviously, the Giants understand that trading Smith will leave them weaker in their own bullpen. This goes against Zaidi saying that the Giants will need one of the best bullpens in baseball in 2019 if they want to compete.
With that thinking in mind, Zaidi would have to weigh whether the loss of Smith, and therefore a weaker bullpen, would be worth whatever outfielder they got in return.
I believe they would have to cough up more than Smith if they wanted a higher end outfielder. Perhaps that would entail another bullpen pitcher or maybe even a starter.
The possibility of Smith being traded seemed very real throughout the offseason with a number of teams inquiring as to his availability. As with all the other rumors surrounding starting Giants players, though, it seemed to be a lot of smoke and mirrors.
There is the possibility that Smith’s value will be at its highest right now. If he struggles throughout the first half as the probable closer, as we all know Giants closers have been wont to do recently, then come the trade deadline teams won’t be willing to give up anywhere near as much to get him.
So if the Giants are really wanting to land another outfielder, Smith may be their best bet right now.