May 3, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Marlon Byrd (9) shown in the dugout during the game against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Reds 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
The Giants did well to boost their starting rotation before the non-waiver trade deadline, adding a quality arm in Mike Leake after missing out on aces David Price and Cole Hamels. The longtime Reds right-hander looked sharp in his debut for San Francisco on Sunday, and it’s clear that he will be key to the team’s playoff hopes down the stretch.
With the July 31 deadline behind us, the question now becomes whether or not the reigning champs are truly done dealing. Don’t forget, there’s still a month for teams to make a “waiver trade”—a confounding process you can read more about here. In layman’s terms, now until August 31 is a time when a number of less heralded players (read: Giants-esque additions) will find new homes.
Nearly every National League team in contention made a flurry of moves this past week, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see San Francisco keep pace with a pickup at the eleventh hour. With Leake, the roster has no more glaring needs, but the Giants could still get better in a few areas.
Read on to find out what these are, and the gentlemen most likely to fit the bill.
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