Oct 22, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Javier Lopez (49) stands on the mound in the ninth inning in game seven of the 2012 NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals at AT
Despite rumors with contenders such as the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, the San Francisco Giants saw the 2013 non-waiver trade deadline go with no exchanges of talent from their 25-man roster. Their lone trade was Guillermo Moscoso from the Chicago Cubs. Javier Lopez was said to be tense coming up to the deadline, Hunter Pence was relaxed, and management was cognizant of keeping their players in the loop. Tim Lincecum and Hunter Pence will be given qualifying offers, but Javier Lopez will definitely not be getting an offer. The position the Giants took on Javier Lopez is telling on what they think about how close they are to contending, and shows their confidence in keeping Javy beyond 2013. Some notes from the clubhouse:
Madison Bumgarner, All Star on the field, and in the clubhouse.
If Hunter Pence is happy, I’m happy.
Night Train reaction:
I do wish the Giants would have received something for Javier Lopez, and it remains to be found out what teams were offering for anybody they had called on, but we may never find that out.
As for transactions, the waiver trade deadline where players can be put on the playoff roster will be at 8:59PM PST on August 31st. Teams file waivers on players across the league, no matter where they are in the standings, and the teams with the lowest winning percentage in the respective league — NL or AL — get first priority on claiming a player. Teams that see their player has been claimed have the option to pull back the waiver, work out a deal with the team within two business days, or just hand the player over and let the claiming team pay off the player’s contract. You might remember this process is how the Giants acquired Cody Ross in 2010.
What are your thoughts on the Giants trade deadline? Like it, love it, hate it? Let us know in the comments!