San Francisco Giants: Potential Trade Deadline Sellers?
Despite high expectations entering the year, the San Francisco Giants are currently 13-24 and are tied for the worst record in baseball. If this trend continues, would it make sense for the team to be sellers at the trade deadline?
The San Francisco Giants have been a premier team over the last seven years or so. With three World Series titles in a span of five years, featuring teams primarily consisting of home-grown talent, the Giants built the ideal roster and traded for any pieces necessary during the season.
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In 2010, they acquired Javier Lopez, and Ramon Ramirez via trade and Cody Ross through waivers. In 2012, the Giants acquired Marco Scutaro, and Hunter Pence in the middle of the season. Even in the seasons where they failed to make the postseason,the Giants were never sellers at the trade deadline. I left 2014 off this list because the significant signings for the Giants (Tim Hudson, Michael Morse) took place before the season began.
Regardless, the San Francisco Giants have never been put in a position where they may have to become sellers at the trade deadline. It is strange for me to even be writing this article, especially because the expectations for this season were so high. It is not like the Giants even have a terrible team–a lot of the core players on this ball club have been key parts of the World Series winning teams. Something just is not clicking, and if this bad play continues past the all-star break, the Giants may need to start thinking about retooling some at the deadline.
The Giants are in a unique position at this point of the season and the debate of whether or not they should throw in the white flag and become sellers could really go either way. They currently have the worst record in baseball and have not shown they are capable of getting out of this hole, so maybe it is time to think about addressing some of the major holes on their roster. However, the Giants have a solid core group of players, and maybe the best case scenario would be to wait it out and address these needs in free agency after the season. No matter how you look at it, each side of the spectrum could make an articulate argument, and in this article I will explore both sides of the debate.