3 Best-Case Trade Scenarios for the San Francisco Giants at the Deadline
The trade deadline is approaching fast and the San Francisco Giants have yet to make any moves. There are several holes they need to address in order to stay atop the National League West, but very few trade rumors have been swirling around San Francisco.
One of the biggest needs right now is a closer. Brian Wilson is out for the season, Guillermo Mota is still serving his 100-game suspension and Santiago Casilla hasn’t been reliable enough to take over the position. While the Giants’ bullpen is excellent, they want to add more reliable arms that they could throw out in the late innings.
First base is a struggle right now as well. Brandon Belt is having issues—except at the end of games, lately—and then you have Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, and Hector Sanchez, once he returns. There’s the option of moving Sandoval permanently to first and looking for a third baseman, or keeping the panda on the left side and going for some power hitting first baseman.
The outfield also has some problems. Melky Cabrera continues to make that offseason trade look genius, but Angel Pagan has cooled and Gregor Blanco has been seeing more time on the bench lately. Both could pick up at any time, but a power outfielder would be a great pickup.
The San Francisco Giants are taking a different approach to trading than last year. Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News wrote that the Giants would not be moving top prospects and that they would be solving the first base problem internally. So there’s that.
In a seller’s market, everyone is going to be pricey. Many available players may not end up being within the Giants’ intended range and it’s looking like there will not be huge moves in San Francisco. Still, these are a few guys that could certainly give the Giants a boost.
The Giants have a hole in the closer role and need to address the issue as soon as possible. If the Cleveland Indians are willing to trade Chris Perez, San Francisco could acquire the answer to at least one of their problems. Ken Rosenthal reported the Giants were interested in Perez, who is eligible for arbitration next year.
Rosenthal estimated Perez would earn about $7 million next year, which is certainly doable. MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian suggested the Tribe probably wouldn’t be selling, but if they change their mind, Perez could be a great fit for San Francisco.
The Colorado Rockies have had scouts around the Giants’ farm system recently, and The Chronicle’s Henry Schulman says not to be surprised if the two make a trade. Matt Belisle was brought up in another tweet as a right hander that could be a fit. The 32-year-old has a 2.25 ERA in 48 appearances with a 5.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Last week Jayson Stark wrote the Rockies would have to be “bowled over” to trade several relievers including Belisle, but anything can happen in a week.
Jon Paul Morosi reported that the Giants have shown interest in the Seattle Mariners’ Brandon League. The 29-year-old righty has a 2.98 ERA, and since June has twice as many strikeouts as walks. He’s a free agent after this season and is earning $5 million this year.
Right-Handed Outfielder: Hunter Pence
Hunter Pence is essentially what San Francisco needs: a power right handed outfielder. There are several problems with the Hunter Pence possibility. The Phillies may not want to move Pence. As Henry Schulman noted, he’s under control for next year and Philadelphia is not on a three-year rebuild.
Also, if the Phillies do try to move Pence, the asking price could be too high for the Giants, who don’t want to part with top prospects.
However, with San Francisco willing to take on a contract, there’s a chance something could be worked out.
As earlier mentioned, the Rockies have been scouting the Giants minor league teams. Henry Schulman wrote that the Giants asked about Marco Scutaro a couple of weeks ago. He would most likely be a role player, filling in where necessary. The added backup would be useful, especially for however long Pablo Sandoval will be out.
Brian Sabean told Tim Kawakami that the first base position would be handled internally, so Scutaro would be a useful backup to whatever they needed. There haven't been many other rumors regarding infield help.
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