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Which SF Giants could be traded during the 2020 season?

Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt slap hands.
San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt slap hands. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

San Francisco Giants trade possibilities: Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford

These are two possibilities. That doesn’t necessarily make them probabilities. Each of these players has a contract that runs through the 2021 season. Sometimes, that’s a good thing. If you can get a year and a half on a contract when you make a trade, that can be pretty great. Right now, however, that could be a detriment.

Let’s start with Belt. The 34-year-old is owed a little more than $34 million between 2020-21. While some of this year’s contract may end up prorated, there’s still next season to think about. That’s pretty important when you consider Belt wasn’t even worth 1 WAR (per Baseball-Reference) in 2019. His prior two years he was worth about 5.4 WAR. There’s just not a lot of value to a team without a monster comeback of a year.

His batting (.234) and slugging (.403) averages were career lows, while his OBP (.339) was among the lowest of his careers. Teams are likely looking for more than that at first base. But would the Giants want to move him? It seems certain. Would they get much in return? Probably not.

Crawford has followed a similar trend. Last year he posted his lowest batting average (.228) and OBP (.304), as well a slugging average (.350) that was near his career low, he’ll have to bounce back in 2020 to create trade interest.

Crawford’s owed a little less (about $30 million), but a no-trade clause means he’ll only go to a team he’d like to. That could really cut down the possibilities. So, again, there’s probably not a lot of value to be found here besides getting out of some money owed.

Fangraphs’ projects them at 1.7 and 1.5 WAR, respectively.

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