The MLB trade deadline came and went on Wednesday and the San Francisco Giants still have their two most talked about players: Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith. However, they did make five trades and ATF contributor Marc Delucchi will break down each one.
After months trying to gauge how much the San Francisco Giants could get back in a selloff at the trade deadline, the team put together an impressive month of July and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi set to work upgrading the roster on deadline day.
He completed five trades before the buzzer sounded. The Giants were not solely a seller or a buyer, but rather aimed to improve both the team’s present and future outlook.
On Wednesday morning, I wrote an editorial on how the Giants could win the deadline. My basic premise was straightforward. Whether the Giants bought, sold, or did a bit of both, the key was not making moves simply to make them. They needed to bring back greater value than they surrendered.
I can now say the Giants seemingly did that in four of the team’s five moves. The other is a tossup.
According to FanGraphs Prospects, the Giants system jumped from the No. 20 to No. 15 farm system in baseball after their moves. They managed to trade only one player who was getting consistent high-leverage opportunities, but still managed to improve their farm system depth.
Let’s run through each of the Giants moves and take a look at how they fit into the team’s plans now and down the line.