San Francisco Giants: Three players most likely to be traded this offseason
A busy offseason awaits for the San Francisco Giants, and one decision that will need to be made is whether to trade anyone on the current roster.
As team president Farhan Zaidi continues to rebuild the San Francisco Giants roster for future success, there are a number of players that may find themselves on the trade block this offseason.
He already showed the fan base that he is not afraid to let go of beloved players when he released Joe Panik in the midst of a tough season. He could be willing to do the same with other players on the current roster.
With an aging core, chances are that he will look to acquire a younger crop of players that can develop alongside guys like Mauricio Dubon, Mike Yastrzemski, and eventually top prospects like Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos.
Historically, it has been difficult for the Giants to attract top free-agent talent, due in part to a higher state tax. As a result, trades are usually the best way for them to bring in new talent.
This was evidenced a few years ago when the team acquired Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria via trade. That said, Zaidi is different from Bobby Evans, so odds are he won’t pursue ex-stars who are on the decline in their careers.
Who Zaidi trades for is for a different article. The following slides will examine who Zaidi is most likely to be shipping out this winter.
When Brian Sabean was running the show, the Giants were not afraid to give up prospects and younger players in exchange for veterans, but something tells me the inverse could now be true.
Ahead we have highlighted three players who could be on the move this offseason.