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San Francisco Giants: 10 waiver wire trade candidates in August

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Jul 19, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the July 31st MLB trade deadline has passed, the San Francisco Giants acquired their guy in RHP Mike Leake and will be content with the roster that they have going forward, right? Ha! Don’t be such a rookie! Don’t let the silly thought of the chaos being over and done with enter your head because you could not be more wrong.

August Waiver Wire trades have proven to be some of the most exciting times of the year. Super stars have been waived, claimed, and eventually traded. Such players include 6-time All Star outfielder Jose Bautista, recently Hall of Fame inducted pitcher John Smoltz, and longtime Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell. Perhaps the most recognizable waiver name that San Francisco fans will know is 2010 NLCS MVP Cody Ross.

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  • In a nutshell, here is how players are “waived, claimed, and traded”:

    1.) Team A waives Player A (before the August 31 waiver-deadline, of course).

    2.) Starting with the team that owns the worst record, each team has the option of claiming or declining Player A (for example, the Philadelphia Phillies (41-65) would have the first crack at Player A if it took place today, the St. Louis Cardinals (67-38) would be the last team.)

    3.) As Player A is not claimed by the struggling teams, who generally pass on waiver players due to the need to rebuild and trade for prospects, playoff contenders then have their shot at Player A.

    4.) Finally, if Player A is not claimed by any of the other 29 MLB teams, Team A is free to negotiate with any of the other 29 teams.

    With that being said, some teams claim and trade for players simply to block the team ahead of them in the standings. Ergo, the Cody Ross trade. If you recall, San Francisco was behind the San Diego Padres in the NL West standings in early August and the Padres were in need of another outfielder; whereas, the Giants already had a deep outfield in Andres Torres, Aaron Rowand, Pat Burrell, Nate Schierholtz, and another August waiver acquisition in Jose Guillen. San Francisco traded basically nothing to the Florida Marlins for outfielder Cody Ross. During that magical 2010 season, San Francisco would overcome a 7.5 game deficit in the standings to clinch their first NL West championship in 9 years, and eventually win their first World Series in the San Francisco era. In a way, we should be thanking the Padres for needing an outfielder because without them, more than likely we would not have claimed Ross.

    With that being said, I can assure you that GM Bobby Evans and VP Brian Sabean are working tirelessly to find potential players and making sure the hated Los Angeles Dodgers do not benefit from their mistake.

    So now that you have an idea on waiver strategies and how all that mess works, lets take a look at 10 players that the San Francisco Giants could possibly be targeting.

    Next: #10. Martin Prado

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