Here we are, approaching the July 31 trade deadline in Major League Baseball, and naturally, that comes with the various assortment of trade rumors and trade proposals.
The San Francisco Giants, fresh off their World Series title last season, have picked up right where they left off: continuing to win one-run games on the back of their pitching staff and getting enough hitting to barely eke out victories.
Standing at 55-41 thus far, the Giants have a hold of the National League West at the moment, 3.5 games ahead of the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks, who have a been a surprise story up to this point.
The Giants hold the NL West's best home record at 28-16, as well as the division's best road record at 27-25.
They have the fourth-best team ERA in Major League Baseball, giving up just 3.17 runs per game. Both starters Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, as always, have been sensational. Both Madison Bumgarner and Jonathan Sanchez have dipped a bit, but only a bit, and new starter Ryan Vogelsong has certainly picked up the slack, making his first All-Star team this season as a well-known journeyman.
Closer Brian Wilson, complete with a growing beard, continues to be one of baseball's best closers. However, he hasn't had the out of this world season he had last year. He already has four blown saves, one less than he had all of last season.
But nitpicking about the Giants bullpen is just that, nitpicking, and it is still one of baseball's finest.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Giants lost star catcher Buster Posey to a freak collision at the plate earlier in the year, and he will likely be out for the rest of the season.
Aubrey Huff, who had a comeback year last season, has struggled, hitting just .235 as the team's starting first baseman.
New acquisition Miguel Tejada, replacing 2010 World Series MVP Edgar Renteria, hasn't been any better, hitting .245 for the season.
Same goes for outfielders Andres Torres, Aaron Rowand and Pat Burrell.
The star of the offense has been Pablo Sandoval, whose All-Star appearance was certainly deserved, currently hitting .301 with eight home runs in an injury-shortened season.
Currently, the team is said to be looking at someone to potentially fill in at left field, and the New York Mets' Carlos Beltran has been rumored to be a possibility.
Beltran, a six-time All-Star has revived his career this season after two injury-shortened seasons.
The Giants also may shop for a shortstop, a la Tejada's disappointing season.
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