San Francisco Giants Trade Deadline: Should they Buy, Or Sell?
By Daniel Sperry
The San Francisco Giants did not get off to the hottest of starts in the second half of the season. Now the question is before them: Should they buy or sell?
The San Francisco Giants face a crucial week in their season. After blowing what was nearly a sweepable series against the A’s, they ended up shooting themselves in the foot twice and losing the series. Now, they have to face two teams ahead of them in the standings.
The Mariners are, on record, better than the A’s that the Giants just dropped 4/6 from over their last six games. They travel to Seattle for two games, and face their best two pitchers. Then they come home for a three game set against the Milwaukee Brewers, who are currently very injured, and on the downswing.
The Giants could conceivably be in worse shape headed into the final three days of the trade deadline. By the end of the week, the Giants should have a pretty clear picture of where they stand in the race. So what should they do?
Well, let’s say they lose every single game this week. If they were to do that their record would be 51-56. Not terrible, but it almost removes them from the postseason race all together. If that happens, then I think they should try and do a mini-sell off. Get rid of some expendable assets that other teams might need, try to move some large contracts, and see what you can get back
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The Minnesota Twins did that last season and ended up getting hot and landing the second wild card spot. We’ve seen in the past that all you have to do is make the wild card and be hot at the right time, and you can make a nice postseason run.
What happens if they do lose out but find themselves in a decent spot thanks to the teams around them? This would fall into the stand pat category. That category is a bit of a wider range for me.
The “stand pat range” should go from having a bad week and still being not too far back, to still hovering around .500. Now, let’s say they go 6-0 or 5-1 this week. Do they become buyers? They certainly would, but not at a very large scale.
They aren’t going to be gunning for anything more than Zach Britton. And while Britton is a big fish, it’s the only big fish they’re intrigued with. The type of guys they seem to be willing to move for are guys who won’t add a lot to their payroll, as they are stringent upon resetting their luxury tax penalties for the following season.
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So what should they do? I personally think they should try and add one more piece. For anything to be done at a larger scale, they’re going to have to end the week knocking on the door of the division, or knocking on the door of the Padres down in the cellar. But most likely, I think they’ll just stand pat and hope they get hot at the end of the season. What do you think they should do? Comment below and let us know!