Olney: SF Giants continue to relay to other teams that "they aren't sellers" ahead of MLB trade deadline

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Despite a recent seven-game slide, the SF Giants are not ready for a fire sale. Buster Olney of ESPN confirmed that the Giants continue to tell other teams that "they aren't sellers," but the rest of the league is monitoring the situation.

Olney: SF Giants continue to relay to other teams that "they aren't sellers" ahead of MLB trade deadline

There is no good time for a team to experience a seven-game losing streak, but that is especially true right around the deadline. The Giants remain in the shadows of playoff contention with a 48-50 record. However, they have posted a 34-43 record since the beginning of May and they have struggled to take advantage of some soft spots in the schedule.

With all that being said, the Giants remain only 3.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies for the final Wild Card spot. The NL West is likely out of the question as the Los Angeles Dodgers have a comfortable 11.5-game lead over the San Diego Padres.

The Cardinals have the benefit of being in the same division as some lesser teams such as the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. On the other hand, the Phillies have some tough inter-division opponents like the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets.

This is all to say that it is going to be tough for the Giants to catch any of the four Wild Card teams in front of them. It is not impossible, but they will need reinforcements at the trade deadline to bolster a roster that has quite a few holes to fill.

San Francisco has been connected to a few All-Stars including Reds infielder Brandon Drury and Cubs catcher Willson Contreras. Despite this, they will need to upgrade a bullpen that has struggled to a 4.41 ERA in 2022 as well as a defense that ranks near the bottom in some of the key defensive metrics.

Despite the team's struggles, there is still time for the Giants to right the ship. The front office has conveyed that it does not intend to sell. Just because they do not currently plan to be selling does not mean they will buy either. They could decide for inactivity as well.

A lot can change between now and the trade deadline at the beginning of next week. For the time being, the Giants' front office is not shopping some of their key players such as Carlos Rodón, Joc Pederson, or Wilmer Flores.