3 players the SF Giants should target if Blue Jays decide to sell

AUGUST 13, 2023: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette of the Toronto Blue Jays look on at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
AUGUST 13, 2023: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette of the Toronto Blue Jays look on at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. / Mark Blinch/GettyImages
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3 players the SF Giants should target if the Blue Jays decide to sell

2. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Opening the window for trade talks with Blue Jays players controlled beyond the 2024 season is where things get really interesting. In addition to their All-Star fathers, Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. share plenty in common. Both All-Star infielders are set to become FA following the 2025 season and carry a 2.9 average yearly WAR.

Guerrero Jr. might be a tougher fit given that the Giants have LaMonte Wade Jr. entrenched as the team's first baseman with Jorge Soler at DH. Soler is signed through the 2026 season, so that role is fairly inflexible at this point in time.

That said, Guerrero Jr. is in the midst of another solid campaign at the plate. He is slashing .295/.370/.460 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI in 389 plate appearances. There is no doubt that he would make the Giants' lineup better. The question will be cost. Trading for a player of his caliber with more than one season of control will likely result in at least one of the team's top prsopects being moved. That may be tough to digest, but it is the cost of upgrading the roster.

3. Bo Bichette

While Guerrero Jr. may not be an obvious fit to the roster, Bo Bichette would be. He plays shortstop and has typically been an above-average hitter at the plate. The Giants have a need at shortstop with Nick Ahmed and Brett Wisely sharing the duties.

That said, Bichette is in the middle of a disappointing 2024 campaign. The two-time All-Star has posted a .606 OPS with four home runs in 322 plate appearances. That said, he has a career .800 OPS, so he is better than what his numbers currently say.

Cost will be the same issue with Bichette as it is for Guerrero. Players of his caliber with team control beyond this season will cost quite a bit. Though, he would address a need for the Giants.