Ranking the top 3 SF Giants needs at the 2024 MLB trade deadline

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Ranking the top 3 SF Giants needs at the 2024 MLB trade deadline

2. Infield help and flexibility 

This is a bit of a different need than in years past. Normally the Giants have a plethora of infielders but need help in the outfield. For some reason, it’s a different case this season.

Luckily, there are going to be a ton of options to address this need with most of the available players able to play a different position to help with defensive flexibility. 

There are also multiple tiers of players who will inevitably be way harder to acquire than others. These players are ones like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette who could both possibly be traded, which would be shocking. 

If I had to choose one infield position of need, it would be first base. The team would be much better if LaMonte Wade Jr. moved to the outfield full-time as the strong-side platoon guy in a corner outfield position. While moving Wade Jr. to the outfield is one option, it might be tough given the number of leg injuries he has sustained in recent seasons. 

So that leaves guys like Josh Bell who would be an under-the-radar impactful player who can play against everyone as a switch hitter while playing good defense. He is always a candidate to be traded and may be available for a reasonable price along with teammate Jake Burger who can play the corners. 

I also like the Angels' second baseman Brandon Drury. He can play first and third and has even played outfield in the past. He was the Angels’ second most productive player last season but has fought injuries all season. The Angels are open like it’s Disneyland on Christmas too so they should make a move to send him elsewhere. 

With a move or two to sure up the infield, the team shouldn’t have guys like David Villar playing and should also get more production in the lineup.