Being a somewhat middling baseball team is a really awkward position to be in and that is exactly where the San Francisco Giants find themselves although their recent hot streak has definitely helped their cause. To be clear, there are some really good things happening with the Giants right now. Thairo Estrada isn’t getting anywhere near enough love nationally for how good he has been this season, the position players in general have been one of the better groups in all of baseball in 2023, and Logan Webb and Alex Cobb have been doing strong work in the rotation.
However, this is also a roster that has some underachievers (Sean Manaea, Mitch Haniger even before the injury, and Brandon Crawford come to mind) and a somewhat iffy bullpen that has been carried a bit by how strong Camilo Doval has been. Again, the Giants have made it work especially the last couple of weeks, but this is far from a perfect roster.
The bigger problem right now is that with what the Dodgers and Diamondbacks are doing. The Giants are essentially having to play out of their minds against teams in the division that do seem to have more talent on their rosters on paper. There is also going to be a lot of competition out there in the wild card race with teams like the Marlins, Brewers, one of the aforementioned Dodgers/Diamondbacks, and Phillies being some of the teams that are likely to hang around and stay aggressive looking for wild card spots if the division ends up out of reach.
Which prospects do the Giants need to keep and which ones should they trade?
Charting the path forward in the short-term, as a result, becomes a bit tricky. On the one hand, the Giants are absolutely in a position to make a real playoff push and those opportunities are precious. However, keeping pace with the competition could force them to have to part with prospects that could allow them to stay competitive in the years to come.
With those hard choices in mind, here is a look that the Giants prospects the team should consider trading to help out the big league roster in 2023 and those that they need to hang on to if at all possible.