Giants trade rumors: Could San Francisco target David Price, Yoenis Cespedes or Rajai Davis of the Tigers?

By Matthew Connolly
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Jul 7, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is greeted in the dugout after hitting a solo-homer against the Seattle Mariners during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Yoenis Cespedes 

Like Price, Cespedes is having himself another great season (.289, 14 HR, 54 RBI), and represents the caliber of player that would put the Giants over the top.

On the season, San Francisco ranks in the bottom-third of Major League Baseball in home runs (79). Even with a slugging percentage that ranks them in the top-third of MLB (.409), the Giants could use a guy to pad the heart of their order—Matt Duffy won’t hit No. 3 forever—and help the table setters get better pitches to hit.

Unfortunately, of the three Tigers up for discussion today, I’d say Cespedes is the least likely to be targeted for one fundamental reason: positional fit. It’s been several years since Cespedes has seen regular time in center, and the Giants wouldn’t want Hunter Pence or Nori Aoki to be their outfield anchor. With San Francisco likely to pick up Aoki’s $5.5 million option for 2016, sacrificing multiple prospects for a rental just doesn’t make sense.

In addition, plenty of other teams are already lining up, making this a very unlikely match.

Fun fact (via Ken Rosenthal): The Tigers could trade Cespedes to improve their chances of signing him in the offseason. It’s a crazy world we live in.

Next: On to Rajai Davis possibility