The San Francisco Giants have one of the most valuable trade chips on the summer market in left-hander Will Smith.
The reasoning here is quite simple.
His value was at its absolute peak entering the All-Star break. He had yet to blow a save and had put together an absolutely dominant first half with stellar peripherals across the board.
There was nowhere for him to go except for down.
Allowing a home run to Joey Gallo in the All-Star Game and blowing his first save of the season in the team’s first game of the second half against the Milwaukee Brewers is by no means going to scare off interested parties.
However, at this point, the Giants have nothing to gain from holding onto Smith, provided they do intend to trade him before the July 31 deadline.
The more he pitches, the greater the chance he shows some cracks and hurts his value. Again, there was really nowhere for him to go but down after a brilliant first half.
If the Giants intend to make what I would deem a foolhardy attempt at contending after their recent hot streak, then hanging onto Smith makes sense.
The bullpen has been the team’s biggest strength all season and he’s been the anchor.
I think their best move is to keep at least one of those guys so the bullpen does not implode down the stretch. However, that doesn’t mean they need to hang onto Smith, who is a free agent at season’s end and would bring back by far the biggest return of the three.
If the San Francisco Giants can find a team willing to offer up a nice return on closer Will Smith, they would be wise to pull the trigger on a deal sooner rather than later.