The 4 SF Giants needs at the 2023 MLB Trade Deadline

SF Giants, Gabe Kapler, Brandon Crawford
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After building plenty of momentum over the past few weeks, the SF Giants have become one of the most dangerous teams in the National League, and while the trade deadline is still a few months away, it's never too early to imagine this team as a buyer when the time comes.

The 4 SF Giants needs at the 2023 MLB Trade Deadline

Now, President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi has signaled his intentions to be aggressive at the deadline, and while the team shouldn't be too quick in shipping out anyone from this incredibly bright prospect pool, the team does have some big needs to fill.

While every contending team should be looking to add to every phase of their team at the deadline, the Giants will need to be careful, but with plenty of bargaining chips, these are their three biggest needs come August 1.

4. The SF Giants need to land themselves consistency in center field

On this current roster, the SF Giants have a multitude of outfielders, led by the likes of Mike Yastrzemski, Mitch Haniger, Joc Pederson, Michael Conforto and others, but unfortunately, there's been many struggles and injury issues to overcome.

While the Giants may not need a star player in the outfield, it's a role that they should be looking to fill, especially if they may be looking to get an asset in return for someone like Pederson at the deadline.

The philosophy under Gabe Kapler has been plenty of platoon action, especially in the outfield, but at some point, the Giants need to find a consistent starter that they can turn to every single day, and if they can find that at center field, it will give this lineup the stability it needs. They could look for outside help, but have a top outfield prospect on a tear in Triple-A.

3. The SF Giants should look for a dominant bullpen arm

The SF Giants bullpen got off to a very poor start in 2023, but have turned it around in recent times with great performances from both Taylor and Tyler Rogers, as well as dominant Camilo Doval finding his groove, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't explore the market for a dominant arm.

If the Giants don't make a move in the bullpen, the optimism is there that this group can become one of the best in baseball, but with a name like Aroldis Chapman expected to be on the move at the deadline, it's something they need to consider.

Right now, the bullpen has solid left and right handed arms, as well as different styles, but if they can add a flame thrower like Chapman to give them another look late in games, it would help this team become a genuine playoff threat.

2. The SF Giants need to add more power to this lineup

The SF Giants have no doubt flexed their power at some points this season, but with injury clouds hanging over Pederson, Haniger and Conforto, this team need to find a middle of the order bat that can stay consistent and healthy.

They targeted both Carlos Correa and Aaron Judge this off-season, so it appears the Giants have no issue making a big splash, and with youth, resilience and talent throughout their lineup, another big name in the middle of the order would take them to another level.

Names like Tyler O'Neill (who also has injury issues), Yan Gomes, and Trey Mancini could all potentially be acquired at the deadline, and if the Giants can find another bat without giving up any significant assets, they need to be aggressive.

1. The SF Giants need to land another top line starting pitcher

The SF Giants were one of, if not the most successful teams in all of baseball through the 2010's, and most of that success came due to their starting rotations, consisting of stars like Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain and so many others, and now, they should be looking to replicate that.

They've already seen great starts to the 2023 season from Logan Webb and Alex Cobb, but if the Giants want to match up against the star-studded squads in Atlanta and Los Angeles come playoff time, they'll need to find themselves another top-line star to anchor this rotation.

Beyond Cobb and Webb, the Giants have struggled with injuries and inconsistencies, and with names like Marcus Stroman, Lucas Giolito and Jack Flaherty among others available, the Giants should be able to fill this role without giving up a top prospect.