As we enter the month of July it’s time to look towards the 2018 MLB Trade Deadline and what the biggest need is for the San Francisco Giants.
The MLB Trade Deadline is approaching, and it’s time to start looking at who the Giants might bring in on board for a playoff run.
They’ve cleared their first hurdle in establishing that they are a playoff contender. At the halfway point of the season, they are less than five games back of the division lead, as well as a wild-card spot.
That to me signifies that this team is certainly in contention for a playoff spot. Now whether or not I believe this team can win a World Series is a completely different conversation. But this team was built to make the playoffs, and they have given themselves a chance to do so.
I want to get too particular in this article with who exactly the Giants will target — we’ll get to that more in the upcoming week — but I want to focus on the main area of need for the Giants.
It’s quite obvious and clear that the Giants could use some help in the bullpen, but just about every team fighting for a playoff spot will be looking to add in the bullpen.
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My biggest area of concern for the Giants is in the outfield — particularly center and left.
I don’t expect the Giants to fill both of those holes at the MLB Trade Deadline, but fixing at least one of them would go a long way towards making the postseason.
If I had to narrow it down to one position, I hope the Giants make an upgrade in left field. The combination of Mac Williamson and Hunter Pence isn’t getting it done.
While I’m worried about whether or not Gorkys Hernandez can keep up the pace he’s on, I’m fine with him in center field — just please, no more Austin Jackson.
While the Giants certainly made an effort to improve their home run totals this year, they still rank just 21st in the league in home runs.
They could still use a little more pop, and that can all be accomplished by adding a power bat in left field before the MLB Trade Deadline.