In replacing Evan Longoria, there has to be at least one outside-the-box idea and Johan Camargo is that idea.
Camargo’s skill set fits the mold of the type of player Zaidi seeks in that he is versatile and gets on base at a healthy rate.
He has major league experience at every position with the exception of center field, catcher, and pitcher. However, his most experience at any one position is at third base, which is also his best position with the glove. Throughout his career, he has posted 5 DRS and a 6.9 Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), so the defensive metrics have a favorable opinion.
With the bat, Camargo has been a mixed bag in his three seasons at the major league level. From 2017-2018, he recorded a stout .281/.343/.455 line across 780 plate appearances.
However, his offensive production cratered in 2019. In 248 plate appearances, Camargo produced a .233/.279/.384 line, including only seven home runs and 32 RBI.
That resulted in the switch-hitter being demoted to Triple-A. It was not a surprise despite his solid production at the plate in the previous two years, and considering the fact that the Braves brought in Josh Donaldson on a one year, $23 million contract to hold down the fort.
This might be the perfect time for the Giants to look at Camargo as a buy-low candidate, especially since the Braves hope to bring back Donaldson on a longer-term deal. A move like that would push Camargo out of the Braves plans.
The 25-year-old is not yet eligible for arbitration, so he would come with the added appeal of team control and cost-effectiveness. However, the Braves will use this as leverage to improve any potential return he may bring.
If the San Francisco Giants decided to parlay Longoria’s bounce-back season into a trade, they would have plenty of options to choose from as potential replacements.