As the 2018 MLB trade deadline approaches, we’ll profile all the players the San Francisco Giants are reportedly interested in.
The San Francisco Giants could certainly use a few more reliable arms out of the bullpen, and they appear to be targeting New York Mets reliever Jeurys Familia.
The Mets have quickly faded out of the NL East race and are thought to be sellers at the deadline.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants are two of the main contenders for Familia.
Many believe Familia is the best available reliever on the trade market right now, but I feel it might actually be Zach Britton.
Familia was an All-Star in 2016 when he closed 51 games for the Mets with a 2.55 ERA, while striking out nearly 10 batters per nine innings.
Last year his season was wrecked by injuries and a suspension.
So far in 2018 he has 17 saves, a 2.88 ERA and a 9.5 K/0 rate. They are great numbers that make him an attractive option.
He’s also owed $7.925 million this year. You can guess the Giants would have to pay a little less than half of that if the Mets don’t throw in any money.
The Giants have been making moves lately to try and shed some payroll so they can make a move like this.
Still, there is not a lot of wiggle room for the Giants to stay under the tax threshold. They may only have the ability to make one move like this, and is Familia the guy they want to go all-in on?
That answer is probably yes, actually.
There is a good chance the Giants try to add some depth to the starting pitching, but that wouldn’t be a big money move. I don’t see them trading for anything more than a fourth or fifth starter.
The only move they can really make before the deadline that would significantly improve this team, while staying under the tax threshold, is a top-end reliever.
That’s exactly what they would be doing if they could land Familia. But they aren’t the only team going after him, so the price could become too steep for the San Francisco Giants.