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San Francisco Giants: Ranking the team’s top trade candidates

Nick San Miguel
SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 8: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 8, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 8: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 8, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 12: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants watches the ball after hitting a double in the bottom of the eighteenth inning against the Colorado Rockies to the at Oracle Park on April 12, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

More Appealing: 1B Brandon Belt

Brandon Belt is a name that has been floated for years as a player the Giants could trade.

While teams would definitely be interested in someone with Belt’s power and defensive skill, the thing that makes him unappealing to other teams is his contract.

After this season, he still has two years and $34.4 million remaining on his five-year, $72.8 million contract, so teams will be reluctant to take on his contract when they aren’t getting his services for that long and the services aren’t as good as when he first signed the contract.

Still, there could be a team that has an injury or is in need of a first baseman that is in win-now mode who would be willing to go after Belt.

But what could the Giants get in return for the Giraffe?

The Giants would not let him go for cheap, so a solid prospect could be coughed up if the Giants agree to take on some of Belt’s remaining contract. The details are tough to predict, but it’s clear that the main hindrance to teams expressing interest in Belt will be his contract.

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