Five potential trade partners for Giants ahead of 2017 deadline
A busy trade deadline looms
AT&T Park was about half-empty by the seventh inning Thursday night, but one section behind the plate remained full. There were plenty of scouts in the house to watch the last-place Giants and fourth-place Padres, both of whom will be sellers at the trade deadline. The Mariners -- looking for pitching -- were said to be particularly well-represented. With 10 days before the deadline, here are five other teams the Giants may match up with:
They were reportedly looking at Jeff Samardzija recently, but it's hard to see how their tiny home yard is a fit for a pitcher who mainly gets derailed by home run issues. If the Giants get Johnny Cueto through waivers in August, perhaps there's a fit. The Astros moved Marwin Gonzalez to short to cope with the Carlos Correa injury, but perhaps they would have some interest in Eduardo Nuñez as a stopgap and super-utility guy in the postseason. The main reason the Giants should target the Astros now and in the future: Their system is loaded with outfielders.
Speaking of Nuñez, the Red Sox are still trying to find a solution at third base after parting ways with Pablo Sandoval and missing out on Todd Frazier. Nuñez did not want to return to New York, but he's familiar with the division. The Giants and Red Sox have done business before, most recently the Jake Peavy deal which helped both sides.
They're said to be looking for relievers, and the Giants have plenty who could fit into any bullpen. MLB.com's Chris Haft reported over the weekend that the Rays have been scouting Hunter Strickland, who has a 1.85 ERA. Tampa Bay leads the wild card race and has a shot to be a surprise playoff team. Again, these teams have a recent history of dealing; the Matt Moore-Matt Duffy trade was one of last year's blockbusters.
There was a report that they were taking a look at Nuñez, which bodes well for the Giants, since Nuñez walked them off Tuesday night and showed a good swing throughout that series. They also have been connected to some starting pitchers, which could make them a fit.
The Giants have had a hard time gaining traction with NL clubs because three of the expected five playoff teams are in their division. The Nationals are a lock, but they still need bullpen help, and guys like George Kontos and Cory Gearrin could potentially offer some depth (this would not be a Strickland home, for obvious reasons). Nuñez would be an upgrade over Stephen Drew and Wilmer Difo.