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San Francisco Giants: Building a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 01: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the top of the ninth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oracle Park on May 1, 2019 in San Francisco, California. The Giants won the game 2-1. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 01: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the top of the ninth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oracle Park on May 1, 2019 in San Francisco, California. The Giants won the game 2-1. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JULY 13: Sam Dyson #49 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after the game against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park on July 13, 2018 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-1. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /

Plenty of Ways to Upgrade the Pen

The San Francisco Giants bullpen is statistically one of the best in baseball, and the talent backs up the production.

Closer Will Smith alongside Tony Watson, Sam Dyson, and Reyes Moronta have given manager Bruce Bochy plenty of trustworthy options late in games. Not to mention the surprising production from players like Trevor Gott and Mark Melancon.

With Smith, Watson, and Dyson all set for free-agency well before the Giants will return to relevance, there’s plenty of reason to expect all three to potentially be on the move. Furthermore, the Giants have a number of interesting bullpen arms in the upper minor leagues ready for an opportunity.

Watson is the least valuable of the Giants’ high-leverage relievers and he has exhibited some troubling trends this season. The Giants will be able to move him, but the Rays aren’t simply looking for depth in the bullpen, but shutdown late-inning options.

Smith has been one of the best closers in baseball this season. Dyson obviously hasn’t closed since he fell apart with Texas, but his velocity and production suggest he’s at as good a level as he was when he was a top closer in baseball.

Both also have very desirable contract situations and Dyson is under team control through next season via arbitration. While Smith is clearly one of the best relief pitchers in baseball, the added long-term control of Dyson could give them similar value.

A pair of high-end 45+ or low-end 50 value prospects with a throw-in would seem fair value for either one, with Smith perhaps able to acquire an additional throw-in.

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