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San Francisco Giants Waste Another Trade Deadline

Jake Mastroianni
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 30: Derek Holland #45 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres PETCO Park on July 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 30: Derek Holland #45 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres PETCO Park on July 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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With the July 31 MLB trade deadline now over, the San Francisco Giants wasted another opportunity to build for the future.

For the second straight year the San Francisco Giants do virtually nothing at the MLB trade deadline.

Last year it was pretty obvious that an overhaul was needed for this team, but the front office balked and decided to just try and reload in the offseason.

While the Giants certainly aren’t out of the playoff yet this year, they’ve looked nothing like a team that is capable of winning in the postseason. And if you aren’t going to win in the postseason, then what’s the point?

Isn’t this franchise beyond just making the playoffs? That’s not enough for the fans — or I would think most Giants fans — and it shouldn’t be enough for the front office.

It’s like they have this vendetta that they must continue to win with core players like Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey.

In my opinion, what they should be doing is restocking the farm system and working on bringing in young talent to start another run.

Isn’t that what they did before to start that five-year dynasty? You have to continually have young players who can come in and provide a spark, while being mixed in with some solid veterans.

Right now the Giants have a load of solid veterans, but no young players with big upside.

That’s why it pains me that the Giants have done nothing during the past two seasons to improve their farm system.

Now maybe they tried and just weren’t able to get the type of return that would make an impact. But either way, they need to stock the farm system with guys who have some upside.

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At some point you may have to move a guy like Bumgarner or Posey to accomplish that goal. But it sounds like the Giants aren’t even willing to consider that as an option.

At the very least, Andrew McCutchen, Derek Holland, Hunter Pence, and Nick Hundley should have been shopped during this year’s trade deadline.

All of those players are free agents after this season, and all could make an impact on a contending team.

But as it is, the Giants’ future looks no brighter now than it did a year ago when we suffered through one of the worst seasons in recent memory.

The San Francisco Giants have two prospects in the Top 100, and both are draft picks from the past two seasons. Shaun Anderson is their fourth best prospect and he was acquired by trading Eduardo Nunez last year — so I guess the future is a little brighter than the last trade deadline.

Imagine how many more names could be at the top of their list if that’s the return they got for Nunez?

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It just pains me to no end to see the path the Giants are taking. It’s very frustrating, and I hope the stubborn front office realizes it’s time to shake things up and rebuild.

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