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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)
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Shaun Anderson, San Francisco Giants
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15. Shaun Anderson emerges as a potential long-term rotation piece

Date: July 26, 2017
To Giants: RHP Shaun Anderson, RHP Gregory Santos
To Red Sox: IF Eduardo Nunez

While this trade is still very much in the “TBD” category, the early returns from right-hander Shaun Anderson have been one of the few bright spots in a trying 2019 MLB season.

The 24-year-old emerged as the club’s top pitching prospect with a breakout 2018 campaign, posting a 3.69 ERA and 1.23 WHIP with 127 strikeouts in 141.1 innings between Double-A and Triple-A.

Over his first nine big league starts, he’s gone 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA, while tallying four quality starts along the way. It’s a small sample size, but he looks the part of a potential long-term building block.

Hard-throwing Gregory Santos also has a promising future. The 19-year-old currently ranks as the No. 8 prospect in the San Francisco farm system, according to MLB.com. He is still several years away from reaching the majors, but there’s a ton of upside to dream on.

Honorable Mentions: Brian Johnson trade (July 16, 1997), Joe Carter trade (July 23, 1998), Ellis Burks trade (July 31, 1998), Andres Galarraga trade (July 24, 2001), Matt Herges trade (July 13, 2003), Sidney Ponson trade (July 31, 2003)