Zaidi hints at Giants' strategy for MLB trade deadline

Farhan Zaidi

The 2021 MLB season has been full of surprises. Atop the list has to be the Giants' red-hot start. 

Entering Wednesday, the Giants lead the San Diego Padres by two games in the loaded NL West, and are three games ahead of the third-place Los Angeles Dodgers. Not only are the Giants the best team in the West right now, they might be the best team in all of baseball. 

With a 22-14 record, the Giants are tied with the A's, St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox for the most wins in the majors, and their .611 win percentage is tied as the best in baseball with the Cardinals. The 2021 MLB trade deadline is two-plus months away, but president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi hinted Tuesday on KNBR's "Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks" show how he views the Giants' plans.

"If we can continue to play this way, then we're going to want to see it through," Zaidi said. "That's what we did last year at the trade deadline, and you know we finished a pitch away from making the playoffs. That was disappointing, but no regrets about playing it out. The guys deserved it and it was a really fun stretch drive to the season. I think we'll take the same approach.

"Last year, we talked a lot about adding a left-handed bat to the mix, which frankly might have been the difference for us when you look at some of the games we had. We're gonna start looking at that. ... A lot of the best pieces in July are if you add a complementary piece that really addresses an area of need and can really clean up the roster. We'll be looking at all those things.


"It's really early and I don't see ourselves positioning as a buyer or a seller, but we're in this to be competitive. You like to reward a clubhouse and a group that's playing well like the way our guys are right now." 

There are a couple things to take away from Zaidi's comments. First and foremost, he wants to win no matter how you feel about the past few seasons. The Giants went 77-85 in his first season at the helm, good for third in the NL West. They then went 29-31 in last year's 60-game shortened season, missing the expanded playoffs in the final game. 

Slowly but surely, the Giants have improved with Zaidi making the big decisions. Now, it looks like it's really paying off with an improved farm system and competitive team at the major league level.

As far as complementary pieces go, the Giants already have added a big one in outfielder Mike Tauchman. While Tauchman has cooled off at the plate as of late, he has played all three outfield positions in 12 games since being traded to San Francisco, and brings some power and speed to the top of the lineup. 

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The Giants likely won't make a huge move at the deadline. They should have pitching help on the way in Tyler Beede and others, plus top prospects like Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos and more could make their way to San Francisco this summer. What Zaidi has been great at, though, has been finding hidden gems and complementing the roster. 

Expect the same to come ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. He wants to win and knows he can't throw away a promising future at the same time. More and more fans have placed their trust in Zaidi. There's no reason not to right now.

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