The Giants are in first place, but they would still benefit from making some trades.
San Francisco leads the NL West by 2.5 games, but some players are in huge slumps. Angel Pagan and Pablo Sandoval have been struggling lately, and Santiago Casilla could be replaced at closer. However, if the Giants want to upgrade, they will have to give up some top prospects.
Here are three trades the Giants could make to improve their offense.
The Cleveland Indians are just three games back of leading the AL Central, yet they will still probably sell at the trade deadline.
Cleveland is 4-7 after the All-Star break, and they could get rid of closer Chris Perez. San Francisco reportedly has interest in Perez, and they could pull off a deal for him. Cleveland doesn't have a great farm system, and the Giants could add depth to Cleveland's farm system in a trade.
San Francisco doesn't have a great farm system, but they have a lot of catchers. Buster Posey and Hector Sanchez catch in the majors, so the Giants don't have much of a place for catcher Tommy Joseph. Cleveland is shallow on catchers, so the Giants could trade Joseph.
And, to sweeten the deal, the Giants could trade Nate Schierholtz. The outfielder has some power, is an average hitter and plays good defense in right field. Cleveland would benefit from adding some depth in the outfield, and Schierholtz could provide that.
The Giants don't have much of a place for Joseph or Schierholtz. Getting rid of them to fill a need would definitely help the Giants and the Indians.
The Giants have a big rivalry with the Phillies, but they could still pull off a trade with them.
In 2010, the Giants beat the Phillies in the NLCS that featured a big fight. In 2011, another brawl erupted in a game between the Giants and Phillies. However, Hunter Pence and Nate Schierholtz weren't big parts of the fights, and Pence wasn't on the team in the 2010 NLCS.
Therefore, it wouldn't be too odd if Pence and Schierholtz were parts of a big deal between the two teams.
Philadelphia is 11 games under .500 and 14 games back of the Nationals, who lead the NL East. The Phillies have been hurt by injuries and are very far out of the playoff race. People think their core is getting too old, and the Phillies are looking to bring in young players or prospects.
In fact, the Phillies are eager to move Pence. If San Francisco traded a catcher to the Phillies, who need a good catcher for the future, Philadelphia could part with Pence.
San Francisco has a below-average farm system, but they could trade Tommy Joseph or Andrew Susac (both catchers). If they included Schierholtz in the deal, a roster spot would be cleared up for Pence, who has lots of power. The Giants don't have much power in their lineup, and Pence can hit homers. He has 17 jacks this year, which is among the best in the NL.
If the Giants brought in Pence, they would have Melky Cabrera, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and Pence in their lineup. San Francisco has always been known as a team with a bad offense and little power, but Pence could change that. Schierholtz doesn't have much power and isn't a great hitter, and Pence is definitely an upgrade over Schierholtz.
It will be hard for the Giants to win another championship without more power in the lineup. Pence has the power the team needs, and he is exactly what the Giants need to win another World Series.
Street is 16-for-16 on save opportunities this year, and he has a fabulous 0.95 ERA. Street has a 0.64 WHIP and 12.07 K/9, and he could fill San Francisco's need for a closer. Ever since Brian Wilson went down with an elbow injury, the Giants have had trouble with their closer spot.
Perez could be a solution, but if that doesn't work out, Street could also be a great option. He will come at a high price, since he has been great this year and the Padres are working on an extension with him. If the two sides can't agree on an extension, San Diego could put Street on the trade block.
San Diego is another team looking to stockpile prospects for future success. San Francisco doesn't have many good prospects, but they could trade Nate Schierholtz and two of their best prospects to land the star closer. However, if the Padres' asking price is too high, Brian Sabean will look elsewhere.
The Giants already have a depleted farm system, and they won't unload it just to land one player. San Francisco will try to land Perez first, and if that doesn't quite pan out, they may look for a bat. However, if nothing works out and they are desperate to make a move, Street could be a possible target.