With the All-Star break out of the way, the San Francisco Giants enter the second half firmly in the mix both in the NL West and in the wild card race. Injuries to key players like Thairo Estrada have certainly put a damper on things, but the Giants are still in a pretty decent spot to make a run at the playoffs.
Nothing is certain here and with a ton of competition for playoff spots this year in the National League, the Giants are going to need to stay aggressive at the trade deadline. With their top prospect in the minors, Kyle Harrison, getting hurt, it is highly likely the Giants will target starting pitching and an impact bat would be nice, too, although the market is not good for that sort of player.
However, one area that every contending team should look at making upgrades at the deadline is in the bullpen. The Giants' bullpen has been quite good to be sure, but with some injuries to guys like Luke Jackson and John Brebbia, San Francisco's depth there is getting tested. Moreover, there is no shortage of quality bullpen arms available at the deadline this year.
Here are some trade targets for the SF Giants to help upgrade the bullpen
The reliever market this year has a nice mix of rest-of-the-season rentals as well as guys that have some team control. The Giants have a good sense of the guys that can provide value in the big leagues, so both ends of the market should be in play for them. We'll be providing options that will be free agents at the end of the season as well as guys who have some team control as a result.
Lets take a look at which relievers the Giants should target at the trade deadline.