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Giants should follow Blue Jays lead, release Brandon Crawford

It’s easy to see why San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy felt compelled to pencil Brandon Crawford into the starting lineup on an everyday basis in 2019.

The longtime shortstop was a key contributor during the team’s 2012 and 2014 World Series runs when Bochy was at the helm, and his $15.2 million salary made him the fifth-highest paid player on the roster.

Unfortunately, the Giants got very little bang for their buck.

The 32-year-old hit a brutal .228/.304/.350 for a 75 OPS+ over 560 plate appearances, meaning he produced at a level 25 percent below the league-average performer.