The SF Giants are less than half an hour from the MLB trade deadline. We have a big rumor involving them. Jon Heyman reported that the Yankees “checked in” on Kevin Gausman.
The SF Giants trade deadline activity looks like it will be minimal. They’re just a game back from the final playoff spot and that’s more important than happening to be under .500. It seems likely that the Yankees won’t end up offering enough to add Gausman, however it’s not completely off. They are clearly interested.
Whether or not they buy or sell, or do both, will likely depend on a few things: Where it leaves the ball-club after this year in that position, and whether or not the return is worth it.
Gausman is not a player that should be counted on for 2021 as he was signed for just a 1-year deal. Of course, the team could try to extend the righty if they want to keep him around.
Gausman boasts the highest strikeout total on the staff, but his ERA is in the mid fours. Depending on what the Yankees offered, it might be of interest for the Giants to move on, especially if Samardzija has any hope of returning in 2020.
In the end, there isn’t much of a difference between the two, and if they can get anything of value in return it might be worth the quick trigger for Scott Harris and Farhan Zaidi. Baseball Trade Values has Gausman’s value at a 4.1. Miguel Andujar is given a 6.4. While those numbers aren’t equal, maybe the Giants can throw some cash or even another prospect in to get his powerful bat.
Granted, that’s not particularly likely, nor does Andujar fit any sort of a need for the Giants. The Giants need pitching, and perhaps recent draft pick T.J. Sikkema might be worth an ask from Zaidi. Any time you can add a recent top 40 draft pick for a rental player, you should probably pull the trigger.
With an hour left last season, the Giants pulled the trigger on a lot of different moves, some announced even after the fact. Hang with us as the clock ticks down to zero. It is sure to be a whirlwind.