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Giants: Five more potential “bad contract” trade ideas

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 12: J.A. Happ #34 of the New York Yankees warms up prior to the start of game one of a double header against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 12, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 12: J.A. Happ #34 of the New York Yankees warms up prior to the start of game one of a double header against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 12, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Could Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ be a Giants trade target? (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The San Francisco Giants acquired a prospect (Will Wilson) to take on a bad contract (Zack Cozart) from the Los Angeles Angels. Here are five other teams that might be interested in similar deals.

Earlier this week, the San Francisco Giants made their first trade of the offseason when they acquired infielders Zack Cozart and Will Wilson from the Los Angeles Angels for cash or a player to be named later.

Cozart signed a three-year, $38 million contract with the Angels after a breakout 2017 season with the Cincinnati Reds. However, injuries have limited him to a .190/.261/.296 line in just 98 games over the past two years.

It’s Wilson who is the cornerstone of the deal.

The Angels selected him with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft and he was tied to the Giants with the No. 10 pick before they selected outfielder Hunter Bishop.

This is the type of trade many expected the Giants to make.

The decision to avoid spending big money on free-agent signings amidst a rebuild is understandable, but the team still has significant spending power. It would be a waste not to use those resources to better position to the team for future success.

In the most active free-agent market in years, the Giants have an opportunity to use their budget space to take on dollars that other teams would rather reallocate to another player.

Several contenders would benefit from moving a big contract this offseason, so here is a list of five teams that could be a potential fit in another “bad contract” trade.

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