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Giants: Three options to replace Evan Longoria if traded

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 25: Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants hits an RBI single against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning at the RingCentral Coliseum on August 25, 2019 in Oakland, California. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-4. Teams are wearing special color schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players' Weekend. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 25: Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants hits an RBI single against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning at the RingCentral Coliseum on August 25, 2019 in Oakland, California. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-4. Teams are wearing special color schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players' Weekend. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 30: Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets hits a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets defeated the Phillies 11-5. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Beyond Anthony Rendon, Josh Donaldson, and Mike Moustakas, the free-agent options at third base thin quickly.

With that being said, Todd Frazier still brings modest value to the table. In 2019, he produced a .251/.329/.443 line across 499 plate appearances. In addition to that, he hit 21 home runs while driving in 67.

Offensively, he profiles similarly to Longoria in that he provides modest power while getting on base at a decent clip.

The similarities do not stop there. While Frazier is capable of playing first base and left field, he has proven to be adept with the glove at the hot corner while contributing 33 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) throughout his career. His glove is not on the same level as Longoria’s, but there would not be much of a drop-off, either.

So, if the Giants traded Longoria, they could essentially add a similar skill set by signing Frazier.

Frazier’s market and contract demands will be limited due to his age. The third baseman turns 34 before the start of the 2020 season, and free agency has not been kind to players on the wrong side of 30.

He just finished a two-year pact worth $17 million with the New York Mets, and that may not be a bad template for a second tour through free agency. The $8.5 million AAV from that contract is affordable enough for any team to absorb, but that still seems like it will be on the higher end of what teams would be willing to pay.

Given his age and level of productivity, any contract will carry limited long-term risk as he will likely not require a commitment beyond two seasons.

The Giants will be looking at players who can provide value without much risk, so Frazier could be a fit if the Giants found a way to unload Longoria.

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