7 SF Giants second base options to consider for 2022
Trade market ideas
3. Jorge Polanco
Our final trade possibility we will not spend too much time on just because of the sheer unlikeliness of it happening, but it is still food for thought and comes from another team in the AL Central.
Jorge Polanco is a year younger than Ramirez and has a unique contract structure (age in parenthesis):
2022: $5.5M (28)
2023: $7.5M (29)
2024: $10.5 team option if Polanco has 530 at-bats in 2023 (30)
2025: $12M team option (31)
Clearly, this is the least likely candidate because of age and how many years of control he has left still, but he would be the perfect Giant. He had a career-high 33 home runs and 98 RBIs in 2022. Polanco has the highest strikeout percentage of any of the candidates listed (18.3%) and has a poor defensive WAR of just 0.8.
If the Giants are to swing any of these three, I would *presume* Merrifield would be the most likely, just because he would -- hypothetically -- be cheaper.