Would the SF Giants consider trading any of their big free agent signings?

Would the Giants entertain getting rid of any of their big free agent signings?
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The SF Giants currently have a record of 33-35. They have shown promising signs, but they are still decidedly mediocre. Is there a world in which they would trade any of their major free agent acquisitions from the past offseason?

Would the SF Giants consider trading any of their big free agent signings?

It may be hard to believe, but if the season ended today the Giants would go to the postseason with the third wild card spot. Of course, there is still a long way to go but it is a reminder that the Giants are still right in playoff contention with MLB's expanded playoffs.

Therefore, unless the Giants have a huge slump over the next month and a half, it seems unlikely that they will be major sellers at the trading deadline. But there is still a chance that they could deal one of their free agent signings. Let's break down three candidates to be traded.

Matt Chapman

Matt Chapman seems like the least likely to be traded. He has been a solid player for the team thus far. His bat runs hot and cold, but he has provided very solid defense overall which is about as advertised. He also plays just about every day for the team, and it is nice having a reliable guy like him who you can be pretty sure is going to suit up every single day.

The only way the Giants trade him is if they slump hard for the next month and a half and completely take themselves out of playoff contention. In that case, it could make sense to deal Chapman to a contender since he is essentially a rental because of his deal which has an opt out after this season.

In all likelihood though, if the Giants are contenders or at least in the realm of contention they will keep Chapman for the rest of the season.

Jorge Soler

Jorge Soler has definitely been a disappointment for the Giants thus far. The team signed him to a 3-year deal in the offseason and he has gotten off to a slow start at the plate. He is currently slashing .209/.284/.358 with 7 home runs and 18 RBI.

The Giants would be able to tolerate that low batting average if he was hitting lots of home runs and doing damage whenever he was getting hits. That has not been the case thus far.

Soler would be a potential trade candidate if he was signed to a one-year deal. A team may be willing to take a low-risk chance on a guy with proven power especially if they played in a more hitter-friendly ballpark. The fact that Soler is playing on a 3-year contract definitely complicates things because teams do not often want to make a commitment of that length to a designated hitter.

It seems as if the Giants are going to have to just wait things out with Soler. One can only hope he turns things around sooner rather than later.

Blake Snell

Blake Snell has been another big disappointment for the Giants. He has been injured quite a bit and has struggled when healthy. The Giants are hoping to get him back on the mound soon, but there is a chance he may not be in a Giants uniform too much longer.

Snell signed a lucrative two-year deal in the offseason, but he has an opt-out after 2024. That means that he could be seen as a potential rental for a contending team in need of starting pitching. This may also limit how much the Giants can get for him, but they may just decide to cut their losses and move on especially with Alex Cobb and Robbie Ray expected back around the All-Star break.

There is not a super high likelihood that the Giants will deal any of these players ahead of the trade deadline. However, depending on how things go for the team the next month or so, it is possible that at least one of these players gets dealt to another team.