Should the SF Giants target a big Giant killer in a trade?

SF Giants, Joey Bart, Nolan Arenado
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The pitching rotation certainly needs some work, and if there's a top tier outfielder to be had, the Giants should take a look as well, but after some recent comments, they should no doubt be keeping an eye on famed Giant Killer Nolan Arenado.

Should the SF Giants target a big Giant killer in a trade?

When asked about his future in St. Louis, the 32-year-old star said "I wouldn't be shocked if I was moved", and while it's not clear yet whether the Cardinals are intent on moving him, it's a move the Giants need to explore. The intensity of the conversations should pick up steam as Cardinal top executive John Mozeliak indicated that they would be sellers at the deadline.

On paper, it's tough to see who would miss on out significant time if the Giants did land Arenado, with J.D. Davis, Joc Pederson and Lamonte Wade Jr. all playing their roles well this year, but such a veteran bat, elite glove and great leader is something you can and should try to work around.

Now comes the biggest question of all, who do you give up to land the 8 time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner? That's a tougher question to answer.

Given that the Giants are looking to build for the future with this young core, giving up significant assets is off the table, esepcially with the salary and age risk they would have to take on, so straight off the bat, Marco Luciano, Kyle Harrison, Carson Whisenhunt, Luis Matos and Patrick Bailey are all untouchable. If they can make a deal outside of those prospects, then they should pick up the phone fast.

Beyond that, landing someone with a career HR total of 313 with over 1000 RBI would be perfect for the Giants, and with a .283 average, 19 bombs and 62 RBI to start 2023, it's clear he's still got plenty left in the tank.

Sure, the Cardinals won't be featured in the playoffs this year, so the team have nothing to worry about when it comes to Arenado killing them in the playoffs again, but if he's available, there's no doubting that the Dodgers, Braves, Reds and Diamondbacks will all be looking to land him, so making this move would kill several birds with one stone for San Francisco.

Ultimately, this type of splash move isn't something we see from Farhan Zaidi, but he's looked to spend big in recent months, so after missing out on Aaron Judge and Carlos Correa, expect him to try and swing big at the trade deadline, with few bigger fish out there to land than Arenado.

And, if they cannot work out a deal for Arenado, the Cardinals could help out in terms of starting pitching.