By Will Burchfield
DETROIT (CBS DETROIT) – Of the many teams J.D. Martinez has been linked to in trade rumors, the San Francisco Giants have popped up the most.READ MORE: 4-Year Long Project Aims To Repair I-275 Starting This Summer
But don’t expect a deal to come out of it.
As the San Francisco Chronicle’s John Shea reported on Wednesday, the Giants would only acquire Martinez if they were able to unload a similarly-paid player in the process.
The main reason Martinez is on the market, of course, is because the Tigers are looking to trim payroll. (Or are they?) Any deal that required them to take on salary would defeat the very purpose of the exchange.
Even if GM Al Avila was okay with simply keeping costs level, there’s only one Giants player who would represent a fair return for Martinez: Brandon Crawford. And San Francisco presumably has little interest in trading its Gold Glove-winning, Silver Slugger-winning shortstop.MORE NEWS: Standardized Testing To Resume: U.S. Dept. Of Education Denies Michigan's Testing Waiver Due To COVID
If a third team entered the negotiations, things might change. But the Tigers and Giants are unlikely to reach an agreement on their own.