With the August 31 trade deadline approaching, which San Francisco Giants need to start proving their worth?
Does it feel like it is too early to even think of such a question? Yes, especially since Opening Day still feels like yesterday. However, because of Major League Baseball’s special 60-game shortened season, we have to accelerate every timeline baseball fans have ever been used to, including mid-season roster decisions.
We’ve already seen the team make quick a quick decision on outfielder Steven Duggar. His .133/.188/.200 slash line in 16 plate appearances led the team to demote the 26-year old outfielder.
Other Giants are in the same boat. While some surprising Giants have excelled, plenty of others have seen their production hinder the team.
The expanded playoff system implemented for the 2020 season means the Giants still have a shot at the postseason if everything comes together. According to FanGraphs, the team has an 11.4 percent chance of capturing a playoff spot entering Friday’s game against the Oakland Athletics.
For anyone who thinks it is crazy to imagine a playoff run, look at the Colorado Rockies: they have shot their odds of making the playoffs up from 40.5 percent on Jul. 31 to 69.4 on Aug 10 with just one 7-3 span.
Even if the playoffs aren’t in the cards, it is no secret that the Giants are in full rebuild mode. As nice as it would be to look at the playoff picture and imagine the Giants playing in October, the front office is undoubtedly looking at what moves build the best roster going forward. To make those moves, some of the Giants’ best trade pieces need to prove themselves to be valuable assets.
So, who else remains on the Giants that might be in the “shape up to ship out” list?