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San Francisco Giants: Five Best Potential Trade Partners

Dec 17, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants senior vice president and general manager Bobby Evans announces the signing of pitcher Johnny Cueto at a press conference at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants senior vice president and general manager Bobby Evans announces the signing of pitcher Johnny Cueto at a press conference at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
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May 4, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; A general view of Minute Maid Park prior to the game between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
May 4, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; A general view of Minute Maid Park prior to the game between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros

Current Record: 43-18, best in baseball

Playoff Odds according to FiveThirtyEight: >99%

The Astros are absolutely destroying people this year, and their record is indicative. The big thing for them is another starter. Johnny Cueto will want to be traded to a contender, and the Astros may just be looking to “aim big” in their trade market approach this year. Their biggest need at the moment is someone like Johnny Cueto. So hello, Astros! What do we want from you?

Taking at look at their top 10 prospects, there are a few pieces that stand-out. You might be able to convince the Astros to give up one of their stud outfield prospects, Kyle Tucker or Derek Fisher. Both are quite good, and both are highly rated (on Top 100 list). One of the two would be fantastic, but Fisher is my personal favorite due to MLB-readiness. He’s hitting .338/.403/.619/1.022 with 17 homers and 17 doubles in 57 games for the Fresno Grizzlies this season. That would probably be the likely key prospect for the Giants, but Cionel Perez could be another Giants intrigue, as they need to re-stock the pitching aspect of their organization as well.

The big thing here is whether or not the Astros think they have enough to get it done this year, or if they might need someone to push them over the edge. Our sibling site, Climbing Tal’s Hill, wrote an article recently basically building up the notion that the Astros will aim high in the trade market. If the Giants could snag one of Fisher or Tucker, that would be great for their future.

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