San Francisco Giants' Trade Deadline Strategy Blueprint

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San Francisco Giants' Trade Deadline Strategy Blueprint
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GM Brian Sabean will be busy over the next few weeks.

The San Francisco Giants have fallen six-and-a-half games behind the division leading Arizona Diamondbacks. The Giants have stumbled towards the All-Star break, having lost 12 of their last 14 games. They are now fourth in the division.

In 2012, general manager Brian Sabean made three moves which helped the Giants make the playoffs and eventually become the World Series champions. Prior to the deadline, Sabean traded for Marco Scutaro and Hunter Pence, which provided a big lift to the team.

Sabean then acquired Jose Mijares off waivers from the Royals—giving the Giants a valuable third left-handed reliever.

With the trade deadline rapidly approaching this season, Sabean and the Giants have to make a critical decision before they solidify their strategy.

Will the Giants make moves to try and get back into the heat of the race, or is it time to start rebuilding for next year?

Given that the Giants are the reigning world champions and no team has run away with the NL West, it is most likely that the Giants will try to bolster their team for a stretch run.

 Hunter Pence, Tim Lincecum and Javier Lopezall free agents at the end of the 2013 seasonare players who could be dealt if the Giants decide to cash in their chips on this season.

That, however, is unlikely. Giving up is not in the Giants' blood, as they have repeatedly proven over the past three years.

The Giants would like to add bullpen help, a solid starting pitcher and one more bat. That's the wish list, but accomplishing it is easier said than done.

Look for Sabean to try to make some key additions without losing top pitching prospects like Kyle Crick, Chris Stratton or Clayton Blackburn.

Let's look at 10 players who could be on the trading block and assess the likelihood of them coming to San Francisco.

All stats are courtesy of baseball-reference.com.

Salary details are courtesy of baseballprospectus.com.



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