Five biggest questions facing the Giants this offseason
Will Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria all stick around?
During the 2019 season, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria earned a combined $44.9 million.
They also totaled just 3.6 WAR and 48 home runs.
To put that into perspective, the rival Los Angeles Dodgers starters at those three positions—Max Muncy, Corey Seager and Justin Turner—combined for 13.4 WAR and 81 home runs. They also earned just $23.6 million.
To call the Giants trio overpaid and underperforming would be a vast understatement. That’s also what will make it so hard for the team to unload any of them this offseason.
Given his non-existent bat (75 OPS+) and declining glove (0 DRS in 2019), Crawford has zero value on the trade market, so he’s a sunk cost.
However, if the front office was willing to pay down some of the money still owed to Belt or Longoria, and perhaps take on an unfavorable deal in return, they might be able to facilitate a trade.
It wouldn’t be hard to find a cheaper, more productive upgrade for any of those players if they can find a way to dump them this winter.