San Francisco Giants: 15 greatest MLB trade deadline deals of all time

By Joel Reuter
Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants. (Photo by Tony Medina/Getty Images)
Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants. (Photo by Tony Medina/Getty Images) /
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Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants
Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /

As the San Francisco Giants prepare to embark on a busy summer as sellers on the trade market, we look back at the 15 best deadline deals in franchise history.

The San Francisco Giants won three titles in five years with a homegrown core of Buster Posey, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Pablo Sandoval leading the way.

Their success was not solely a result of in-house talent, though.

How far would they have gotten without guys like Marco Scutaro, Javier Lopez, Jake Peavy and multiple others that were acquired in trade deadline moves?

With that in mind, we set out to identify the 15 greatest deadline deals in San Francisco history.

First, a few parameters:

  • The 1986 MLB season was our starting point when sifting through trades. The trade deadline was on June 15 rather than July 31 prior to 1986, and it didn’t bring the same flurry of activity, so the deadline deal as we know it today really began in 1986.
  • Only July non-waiver trades were considered. That means no August waiver deals. This notably excluded the Rick Reuschel trade, which took place on Aug. 21, 1987.
  • Trades are ranked based on the value obtained in the deal, player production after the trade and postseason success. Since the goal of most deadline deals is to help the team make a postseason push, reaching and succeeding in the playoffs carried significant weight.

Alright, with that out of the way, let’s dive right in!