With the team in rebuild mode, they are trying to get younger but they still have an aging corps of veterans who are eating up the team’s budget and getting in the way of a rebuild.
This is a pretty difficult conundrum that the Giants have had to deal with for some time now. The 2010s were filled with championships and the team dealt away prospects while trying to contend. It was an admirable strategy, and the three championships make all the hits and misses worth it, but it leaves the team in a bit of a bind for the 2020s.
President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, general manager Scott Harris, and new manager Gabe Kapler all seem to be on the same page in their desire to make the team younger and more versatile to match the modern game which puts a premium on both of those attributes.
Samardzija seems to be the easiest answer of the bunch. His contract expires at the end of the 2020 season so the Giants could try to trade him beforehand, which seems unlikely unless baseball actually gets played in 2020, or they could simply not pursue him in free agency once he becomes a free agent.
The other players do not have such simple resolutions to their sizable contracts. The following slides will examine what the Giants may do to trade five players who may prove to be very difficult to trade.