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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the New York Mets during their game at Citi Field on August 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the New York Mets during their game at Citi Field on August 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants earns a save pitching in the ninth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants earns a save pitching in the ninth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

A potential trade of Madison Bumgarner will dominate the summer news cycle surrounding the Giants, regardless of whether the team has any real intention of moving him.

However, it’s closer Will Smith who stands as the most obvious trade chip on the roster.

The 29-year-old is a free agent at the end of the season, he’s making a team-friendly $4.23 million, and teams are always looking for bullpen help at the deadline, especially of the left-handed variety.

Smith worked a scoreless ninth on Saturday for his third save in as many tries, and he’s now given up just one hit and one walk with four strikeouts in three innings of work.

Last season, he posted a 2.55 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 12.1 K/9 with 14 saves and six holds in 54 appearances, proving healthy after missing the entire 2017 season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Every time he takes the mound between now and July 31, contenders will be watching him closely.

So far, he’s made an excellent impression

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