San Francisco Giants rumors: Most likely landing spots for Will Smith
By Steve Klein
Will Smith is having an excellent year as the San Francisco Giants closer and he will be a hot commodity at the trade deadline.
The San Francisco Giants bullpen has been a clear strength this season and closer Will Smith is a big part of that. He’s been successful in all of his 12 save opportunities whilst posting a 2.89 ERA and striking out 26 batters in 18.2 innings.
Alongside Madison Bumgarner, he is possibly the Giants most tradeable asset, and the front office will be looking to cash in on his value as they continue their retooling process.
Which teams might be interested in swinging a deal for Smith?
It is highly unlikely that any team out of contention for a postseason berth will be looking to add a rental reliever. Such is the nature of the market. It simply does not make sense for a team to trade away prospects for a player like Smith unless they looking to make a run at the playoffs.
It is also unlikely that a team with plenty of bullpen depth, such as the Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers or Houston Astros, will prioritize any bullpen additions. Of course, injuries and loss of form can be a factor here, but right now, those three teams seem like outside bets at best.
We can whittle it down, then, to seven likely landing spots for the 29-year old Smith.
Ahead is a team-by-team rundown of the contenders that would benefit most from adding Smith to their bullpen.