Tony Watson finds himself in very much the same boat as Will Smith. Another solid bullpen arm that teams were interested in during the off-season that is a viable trade option if the Giants want another outfielder.
Watson’s numbers were impressive last year for the San Francisco Giants. He posted a 2.59 ERA in 72 appearances, mostly as a set-up man. He is an attractive player for any team that wants a stronger bullpen.
Again, it is unlikely that Watson alone would be enough for they type of player the Giants front office (AKA Farhan Zaidi) presumably wants prowling the outfield grass.
Perhaps dealing both Smith and Watson would be enough to reel in the type of fish they’re looking for, but at what cost?
A Giants bullpen without Smith or Watson is a shell of what it currently is. Going back to Zaidi’s comments about needing a stellar bullpen to compete, it brings an interesting choice. If the Giants realize early on that even with a good bullpen they won’t compete, then they may be more than willing to part with pieces of that bullpen in the name of improving the team for the future.
But, as all executives must proclaim, the first goal for the team is to win. Even though it seems pretty clear that 2019 will be a rough season for the team, trading away key bullpen arms that may allow us to keep some form of sanity by preventing blown leads late in games would be seen as the team conceding defeat in 2019.