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.