4. San Francisco Giants
The Giants have a top-11 payroll in baseball for this year ($148.7 million). But a look to 2022 and 2023 shows that really easing up, as expensive older players (Buster Posey, Johnny Cueto, Evan Longoria) come off the books. More specifically, shortstop Brandon Crawford is entering the final year of his odorous contract that also includes a full no-trade clause.
Team president Farhan Zaidi has led a rebuild of the Giants’ farm system to No. 11 in baseball entering this year (as ranked by MLB.com). So they’d be in decent position to add someone if there’s an opportunity, now or closer to the trade deadline, even as the Dodgers and Padres look to be lapping the rest of the NL West.
With an eye on keeping him long-term and making it a three-team race in the NL West going forward, here’s how an all-in offer for Correa might look for the Giants.