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Five SF Giants Trade Possibilities With The Texas Rangers

Sep 23, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 23, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
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Donovan Solano #7 of the SF Giants hits a walk-off home run to win the game in the 11th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on August 25, 2020, in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

SF Giants-Texas Rangers Trade Fit: Donovan Solano

Giants fans probably are not huge fans of seeing Donovan Solano in these trade pieces, but it’s just a reality. As Kerry Crowley mentioned on Sound the Foghorn, Solano, Wilmer Flores, Darin Ruf, and Brandon Belt have a lot of overlap. Even if there is a DH, the Giants still might have to find another home for one of them.

Solano is the best defensive player of the group, but he’s also the only one on a cheap contract that becomes a free-agent after next season. With Zaidi hoping to build a sustainable contender, he seems less likely to be on the team long-term.

Of course, he does not exactly fit the Rangers timeline either, but on a relatively cheap contract through arbitration, Texas could acquire someone that has hit .328/.362/.459 in 431 plate appearances between 2019 and 2020. Rebuilding teams should not be opposed to acquiring big-league talent, especially when it’s an obvious upgrade over their current options.

The Giants would probably take a 40 future-value prospect for Solano, but it’s hard to imagine Texas parting with that. Still, with so many big-league targets for the Giants already in Arlington, Solano could be a final piece to help Daniels sell parting with someone like Lynn to the fanbase. After all, Solano quickly became a fan favorite in the Bay Area and could easily do it once again in Texas.

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