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San Francisco Giants: 5 trades to make before Monday’s deadline

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 09: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants takes the ball from pitcher Johnny Cueto #47 taking him out of the game against the Miami Marlins in the top of the seventh inning at AT&T Park on July 9, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 09: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants takes the ball from pitcher Johnny Cueto #47 taking him out of the game against the Miami Marlins in the top of the seventh inning at AT&T Park on July 9, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 11: Eduardo Nunez #10 of the San Francisco Giants scores against the Minnesota Twins in the bottom of the seventh inning at AT&T Park on June 11, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

This seems like a solid trade, and roughly similar to the one the Giants made to acquire Eduardo Nunez from Minnesota last season.

Yes, the Red Sox brought up Rafael Devers. But if you think a 20 year old who didn’t spend more than 10 games above the AA level this season is going to “all of a sudden” walk in and provide the Red Sox with a good enough answer at third base, all in six days, you’re absolutely crazy. Devers has big time potential. But he’s only 20! And still has a lot of development ahead. The move screams of desparation from the Red Sox, and I think we all know that they’ll still need a third baseman. Nunez definitely fits what they need, which is someone who can really get on base and wreak havoc ahead of their big hitters through the middle.

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The Giants in return are going to be looking to bolster their farm a bit, with closer to MLB ready talent, then 3-4 year project prospects. The Red Sox don’t have many “MLB ready” guys but Johnson is one of the closest pitchers they have to that level. Brian Johnson has made 11 starts at the AAA level this season, and boasts a 2.86 ERA, with a 1.21 WHIP. Johnson seems to be the best prospect fit, but you could always go after someone like Michael Chavis, a power hitting infielder.

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