The San Francisco Giants Rumors were quiet leading up to the deadline, leading to a small surprise as they stood pat at the deadline in 2017.
The San Francisco Giants Rumors were somewhat hot leading into “Deadline Day” for the 2017 season. Of course it isn’t the hard deadline, as they still have a month to make moves in the Waiver Deadline Period.
A couple of the bigger names mentioned as to who the Giants were taking calls on, have a few more weeks to get showcase games in to potentially drive up their price. Of course the Giants collective “suckage” in 2017 has led to many of their pieces being not worth as much as it would be worth to trade them.
One of the biggest names that didn’t move at the deadline for the Giants was Johnny Cueto. It’s safe to assume that coupled with his inconsistent performances, his option was a big deterrent for teams interested. If Cueto comes back healthy though, and puts together a couple strong starts before August 31st, there is a good chance that a team calls on him if they get desperate.
Another couple of names that had been floated recently was Jeff Samardzija and Hunter Strickland. Nothing happened with them either, but you can safely lump those two in with Cueto as ones to watch in the waiver period.
The league will now enter the waiver trade period. The way it works is that a team can place potential players they’re looking to trade on trade waivers. Each of the 30 teams can make a claim on the player during his waiver period which is 48 hours. If a player is claimed the Giants can do three things: pull him back, negotiate a trade with the team who claims him, or potentially let him go. If the player passes through waivers without a claim, he can be traded to any team at the choice of that team.
For teams making a claim on a player, the order of priority starts with the league that player plays in, in order of worst record to claim. If nobody in the National League makes a claim on a player, then it moves to the American League in worst to first order. This could make it relatively difficult for the Giants to trade any players to the American League, but not impossible.