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San Francisco Giants: MLB-ready trade deadline targets, Part 2

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 23 : Maikel Franco #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on during a pitching change against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on June 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 23 : Maikel Franco #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on during a pitching change against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on June 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 23 : Maikel Franco #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on during a pitching change against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on June 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Is he a potential San Francisco Giants trade deadline target?

The San Francisco Giants could make a point to target MLB-ready prospects at the deadline. Marc Delucchi will highlight a few players who fit the bill from each potential trade partner.

In a recent discussion with the media, San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi suggested the team would be targeting prospects close to the major league level in their deadline deals.

If that is indeed the path they choose to take it limits the pool of prospects they will be willing to consider. In order for a contender to be willing to part with talent close to the big-league level, they have to believe that player is not capable of making an impact in the short-term. That could be true for a couple of reasons.

1. The prospect is blocked by a current big leaguer.

2. There’s a specific part of their game that is lacking. For pitchers, that’s usually a lack of control. For hitters, it’s often an inability to make consistent contact.

With that in mind, we’ll generally be looking at either post-hype prospects or guys who aren’t considered top prospects but are playing in the upper levels of the organization.

In the first edition of this series, we looked at the players who fit the bill from the Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, and New York Yankees.

In part two, we’ll look at blocked players on the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, and Minnesota Twins for the San Francisco Giants to target this July.

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