Entering Monday the San Francisco Giants were one game above .500 and just two-and-half games out of first place in the National League West. So do they even need to add anything before the trade deadline?
Maybe all the Giants need to compete and win the division is health. If Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija come back to the rotation throwing well, then who could we add better than those three?
You could possibly make an upgrade in the outfield and in the bullpen, but it’s probably not necessary. And you have to keep in mind that the Giants’ budget is pretty tight right now.
If the San Francisco Giants can just simply get to full strength, or at least close to it, they have all the pieces in place to win an NL West that is quite frankly terrible right now.
After putting three teams in the “playoffs” — I don’t consider the Wild Card game the playoffs — they won’t come close to that this year.
This division is up for grabs, and the Giants don’t have to do anything special to take the crown.
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Now, if the Giants want to be able to compete in the playoffs, it would be in their best interest to make a few moves.
As mentioned, any trades made before the July 31 trade deadline would be minimal.
I definitely think the Giants will look to make an upgrade or two in the bullpen, as will every other team out there fighting for a spot in the playoffs.
There is a chance they could go after a middle-to-back of the rotation starter if the young kids don’t hold up over the next month. But I would be shocked if they went out and got a frontline starter at the deadline.
I could also see them looking for an upgrade in the outfield, but that’s still unlikely.
In all honesty, the roster we have was put together to win this division, and it certainly has the ability to do so if healthy.
I know Giants fans are going to want to see the front office go for it if we’re still this close next month, but there really isn’t much room for upgrades.