San Francisco Giants: Who Could They Acquire Before the Deadline?

The San Francisco Giants are playing good baseball and they’re not going away anytime soon. With the trade deadline coming at the end of next month, who should San Fran go after?

The Giants are sitting atop the NL West, which is a surprise because Los Angeles and San Diego had a lot of hype entering the 2021 MLB season.

Pitching has been key to the Giants success and even though they have a low team batting average they can drive in runs.

Veterans like Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, and Buster Posey are still on the Giants roster. The trio was around during the franchise’s dynasty last decade.

Under former skipper Bruce Bochy, San Fran captured the 2010, 2012, and 2014 World Series.

I can’t imagine the Giants being a World Series contender this season even though they are playing well for a team that should be rebuilding.

Let’s look at some possible trade targets for the Giants.

Richard Rodriguez

R-Rod is pitching well as the Pirates closer, but he isn’t getting many save opportunities due to Pittsburgh being an awful club.

The closer has a 1.61 ERA and six saves this season.

Rodriguez has pitched 22.1 innings with 17 strikeouts and looks like a great edition to any playoff team.

San Fran has nice bullpen pieces like Jake McGee (12 saves), Jose Alvarez, and Tyler Rogers. Caleb Baragar has a 0.52 ERA in 21 games pitched for the Giants pen as well.

It might help if the Giants added to their pen and make Rodriguez the main guy and have McGee as the setup man.

San Fran could choose to bring back lefty starter Tyler Anderson to help bolster the backend of its rotation.

Kyle Schwarber

The Nats are having another down year and they have some nice role players who could be available.

Kyle Schwarber and Josh Bell could help the Giants.

Schwarber would add more of a power threat to the San Fran lineup card. The former World Series champ has nine homers and 25 RBIs this year.

The Giants haven’t gotten enough production from Alex Dickerson, Mike Yastrzemski, or Mike Tauchman. The trio is 30-years-old or older.

Bell would be a useful switch hitter at first base and the Giants could opt to get rid of Belt who is set to be a free agent this coming offseason.

Bell is up for arbitration after the season and will hit free agency in 2023. The former Pirate is five years younger than Belt.

Brandon Woodruff

Woodruff would add another level to the Giants rotation.

Kevin Gausman and Johnny Cueto have done a good job for the San Francisco, but Woodruff is a different arm.

The Milwaukee righty has a 1.27 ERA with 83 strikeouts in 71 innings of work.

Woodruff won’t be a free agent until 2025. He is hitting arbitration the next three offseasons.

It wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Giants to add to their strengths if they can’t add much to help their lineup.

But, they have to keep in mind that their core group of guys are not elite.

Posey is past his prime. Gausman is having a career year. Normally he doesn’t pitch this well. Cueto, 35, is also past his prime and the Giants could let him go after the season.

The Giants success in 2021 could easily disappear before the end of the year.

What trades do you think the Giants will make? Leave a comment below.

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