SF Giants trade proposal: Evan Longoria to Atlanta Braves
Giants 34-year-old third baseman Evan Longoria has the largest contract the team is likely desperate to move out from under as quickly as possible. Entering the 2020 season, Longoria is still owed $49 million through the end of the 2022 season, including a $5 million buyout on a $13 million club option for 2023. That total does not include the $9 million that the Tampa Bay Rays are still on the hook for during that time.
The Giants had a similar problem with Mark Melancon, but they hammered out a trade with the Atlanta Braves that removed the closer from San Francisco’s books. With Atlanta once again in need of something the Giants have, the two sides have an opportunity to help each other once again with the following idea:
Left-hander A.J. Minter was supposed to be an anchor in the Atlanta bullpen last year after a strong showing in 2018 when we had 15 saves with 3.23 ERA. Instead, the 26-year-old scuffled through 2019, finishing with a 7.06 ERA in 36 appearances at the major league level. But with the Giants like out of contending this season and without a true closer, Minter could be worth taking a risk on to build as a future ninth inning option.
That said, Johan Camargo would be the key in this trade for the Giants.
While he struggled in 2019, he is one season removed from posting a .272/.349/.457 line with 27 doubles and 19 home runs in a 3.7 WAR season.
Farhan Zaidi has shown an affinity for position-flexible players time and again, and Camargo played everywhere but catcher and center field in 2019.
Longoria would make an immediate impact with the Braves as he brings a more proven power hitting bat to their roster over third base options Camargo and Austin Riley, who had a roller coaster debut in 2019.
Aramis Garcia is a nice piece for any team to receive in a trade as an offensive-minded backup catcher and first baseman if he can return to the form he showed in 2018. He could compete with veteran Tyler Flowers and 23-year-old prospect Alex Jackson for the backup catcher job behind free-agent signing Travis d’Arnaud.