Five Potential SF Giants-Cleveland Trades:
Wilmer Flores, Jaylin Davis, Hunter Bishop, Will Wilson for Francisco Lindor
Hunter Bishop isn’t too far separated from Corry on most Giants prospect rankings, but he’s begun getting much more top-100 prospect love. Pairing Bishop and Wilson, Cleveland could very well see a pair of bats that could play up the middle and slot into the middle of their lineup in the future.
Wilmer Flores had a quietly fantastic 2020 season, bashing 12 home runs and an .830 OPS, and over the last four-seasons has produced a .793 OPS with a 22 home run pace per 162 games. Flores is best situated defensively at first base, again, a clear need in Cleveland. However, he’s cheaper than Belt, is under team control through a club option in 2022, and has the ability to play second base as well, another current hole in Cleveland’s lineup.
If Bishop were closer to the major leagues this would be an even more obvious no-brainer given the revolving door of outfielders, but he’s far from being a finished product. Jaylin Davis, on the other hand, could conceivably help a big-league team in 2021.
Davis has struggled with punchouts but has big-time power and elite outfield defense. At a minimum, it seems easy to see him projecting as a power-hitting fourth outfielder. Still, Cleveland has a lot of confidence in their player development group. If they believe in Davis’ potential, he has the tools of an All-Star.
With that said, the Giants were tentative to call Davis up this season and clearly wanted to see more out of him at the alternate site in Sacramento. They may be ready to part with him given the organization’s strong outfield depth. Without a designated hitter guaranteed next season, Flores’ spot on the roster becomes a lot harder to envision as well.
Wilson and Bishop are both very good prospects that the Giants wouldn’t love to part with. However, neither has played a game in full-season ball and the farm system is filled with exciting outfield prospects that could hypothetically fill Bishop’s spot.