The San Francisco Giants have a little less than a month to push themselves back into postseason contention. With such a bad start, there is a very likely scenario in which they become sellers. Who are their best trade partners?
The San Francisco Giants are likely going to be sellers. They have needs. They need to get younger. That pretty much has to start this season or at the end. There are plenty of ways to do it. Some take longer than others.
You can take the Giants 2005-2008 approach if you like. They never went better than 76-85 (2006) and built primarily through the draft. In 2006 they landed Tim Lincecum, 2007 they landed Madison Bumgarner, in 2008 they landed Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford, and in 2009 they landed Brandon Belt. There is your championship core! You can also do what the Astros did, and suck for a very long time until you finally get good prospects through years of bad drafting. The long way usually is more frustrating, and takes a long time.
The short way is trading away pieces of your roster that are no longer needed or ineffective, for young, close to big league ready prospects that will help you in two years time. That model is something that the Cubs, Red-Sox, and Yankees have done in recent years to re-tool, and it has worked so far.
The Giants have the option and ability to do that, now. There are some aging pieces that would be worth a hefty amount of prospects, especially to a team that could be in “win-now” mode come July. We’re going to look at five teams that would be perfect trade partners for the Giants based on three things:
- Looking for something the Giants can offer
- Have good prospects worth trading for
- Have contender/buyer status.
Before you take a look at these, understand where we’re coming from in analyzing what the Giants trade block probably looks like currently with this article from earlier in the week.
With out much more to say, let’s get started!