The SF Giants are big game hunting. The club's desire to add an infusion of star power has been apparent in their attempted pursuit of transcendent talents like Aaron Judge and Carlos Correa in recent offseasons. While these attempts have fallen tragically short, the desire to add a superstar in San Fransisco is as strong as ever.
5 trade options for the SF Giants to add a star if they miss out on Shohei Ohtani
The team is believed to be one of the frontrunners for the services of two-way superstar free agent Shohei Ohtani. If this materializes, it would not only immediately elevate the club's star void bringing one of the greatest talents in baseball history to the Bay Area. Once Ohtani recovers from his elbow injury, it would also fill the franchise's need for a starting pitcher.
While there is plenty of evidence to suggest that the Giants should feel optimistic about their chances of winning the Ohtani sweepstakes, the club, and their fans, must also be prepared for the worst. Losing out on the top free-agent prize would sting. Just as losing Correa did last year. And Judge the year before.
However, it is important to remember that hope is not lost! This offseason, more so than usual, has many superstar position players being circulated through the trade rumor mill. Thankfully, many of these options would be ideal fits in San Fransisco if the Giants need to pivot to a plan B.
Let's take a look at the backup options, ranked 5 to 1 (based on a combination of talent level, availability, the age of the player, and projected cost)!