The San Francisco Giants have spent nearly a decade fighting for a championship every year, and with three World Series rings to show for their efforts, it has worked.
However, the Giants are no longer finding ways into October. Last year, they finished with the worst record in the National League, and this year they have stayed around .500 all season.
Much of the inconsistency the last couple of years has been due to injury, but it has also been due to inconsistent play by the team’s best players. They also have a mix of great but ageing players, and not enough influx of great young players.
Friday night against the Milwaukee Brewers, All-Stars Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford hit back-to-back doubles to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. However, that was it. The newcomers like Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria who were supposed to improve the offense have either been hurt or not as advertised – or both.
With the offense stagnant, the Giants have struggled to win games. With the July 31st trade deadline fast approaching, this series with the Brewers might be the gut punch this front office needs.
The Giants should sell. It feels wrong for a team who cares about their fans walking through the turnstiles, to throw up the white flag. However, it is clear that the team needs to continue to build the farm system and continue to get younger.
So now that we know this team is going nowhere, her are four players that the San Francisco Giants should look to move before the MLB trade deadline.