3 players who could be available if the SF Giants decide to sell
3. Reliever Dominic Leone
There is never a shortage of teams in need of bullpen help at the deadline. The Giants' bullpen has struggled to the tune of a 4.21 ERA in 2022, but Dominic Leone has been one of the few bright spots.
Leone signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract in his final year of arbitration eligibility last winter, meaning that he is due to be a free agent in this upcoming offseason.
The veteran reliever has tallied a 2.45 ERA, 3.62 FIP, 1.36 WHIP, 9.8 K/9, and a 3.56 SO/W ratio in 31 appearances. He continues to flash a mid-90's fastball that he pairs with a quality slider and an occasional changeup. The control problems that had plagued him earlier in his career seem to have improved since joining the Giants.
It would be hard to predict which team might be interested in him as there could be a broad market for any top reliever at the trade deadline. Leone makes sense for a lot of teams as a veteran arm with high-leverage experience.
Editor's note: The question about whether Carlos Rodón would be a viable trade option has come up. However, his contract might be a roadblock for any prospective team.
Rodón signed a two-year, $44 million contract in the offseason. This includes an opt-out clause if the lefty reaches at least 110 innings in 2022. He is currently at 91 innings, so he will reach that threshold, barring a major injury, and will likely opt-out.
There are not many instances of players getting traded at the deadline when their contract includes an opt-out clause. Of course, teams would be interested in acquiring Rodón as he is having a fantastic season. However, any trade proposal would have to reflect that he will likely be a free agent in the offseason. That makes it a tough one to predict.