With a sell-off likely coming from the San Francisco Giants this summer, Marc Delucchi will go team-by-team for a look at how each contender fits as a potential trade partner. First up, the Houston Astros.
The 2019 MLB season is nearly two months old and the San Francisco Giants are five games under .500 in last place in the NL West standings.
That shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone after back-to-back losing seasons and with the team clearly headed for a rebuilding period.
The July 31st trade deadline may still seem like it’s a long ways off, but with new rules in place that have eliminated August waiver trades, teams like the Giants may be worried about waiting too long and missing their chance to sell.
On the flip side, the Houston Astros have continued their recent trend of dominance.
The 2017 World Series champions have won back-to-back AL West titles and won an impressive 204 games the past two seasons.
It’s been more of the same this year. The currently hold the best record in baseball show no signs of slowing down with a sizable 8.5-game lead in the AL West standings.
Still, the front office will surely be looking to upgrade the roster as they gear up for another postseason run.
The Astros farm system consistently ranks among the ten best in baseball, which gives them plenty of firepower to bring in a game-changer if they decide to go that route.
So let’s take a look at how the Giants’ selloff could match up with the Astros’ needs.