3 Angels players who could help the SF Giants at the MLB trade deadline

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3 Angels players who could help the SF Giants at the MLB trade deadline

2. Tyler Anderson

Along with Luis Rengifo, Tyler Anderson is one of the few Angels players who could represent the club at the All-Star game in July. The lefty pitcher is off to a strong start with a 2.63 ERA, 4.72 FIP, 1.14 WHIP, 5.8 K/9, and a 1.61 SO/W ratio through 13 starts.

The ERA is certainly at an All-Star level but his 4.72 FIP and 5.03 xFIP are that of a back-end starting pitcher. Teams are aware that some level of regression is coming. This might suppress his cost even if he is in the second year of an affordable three-year, $39 million pact.

The question might be how the Giants can fit Anderson onto the roster? They have a lot of starters on the 40-man roster. The Giants have not hinted as to what the innings limits will be for both Jordan Hicks and Kyle Harrison, but there is likely a plan in place.

They hope that those two can help hand the baton off to Blake Snell, Alex Cobb, and Robbie Ray in the second half of the season. All three are inching closer to a return. However, in the case of Cobb and Ray, they are coming off of major surgery.

They could be just fine, but it might be worth it for the Giants to hedge their bets that either pitcher may not be their old serves right out of the gates. Admittedly, Anderson is a bit of an oblong fit because of his contract and the less-than-stellar underlying numbers, but the Giants have prior experience with him and he has a quality track record.