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Giants CEO Larry Baer: 'We're gonna be a buyer if we can be a buyer'

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Giants CEO Larry Baer: 'We're gonna be a buyer if we can be a buyer'

The non-waiver MLB trade deadline is rapidly approaching as teams must make a deal by 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday. With the Giants, going into Friday night's game, 5.5 games back in the NL West and 4.5 games in the NL wild card race, what will the front office do? 

On Thursday, Giants CEO Larry Baer joined KNBR to talk about the team and the upcoming trade deadline. Right away, Baer made it clear where his head's at with this team. 

"It's pretty clear to us that we're not in a seller mode," Baer said. 

That doesn't mean the Giants won't make a move. But it gets a bit complicated. The goal for the Giants is that if they have to trade a player, it's still to add as well.

"Now we may make a move to clear space, then make another move to add," Baer explained. "If you have to move somebody to add somebody -- move Player Y to add Player X -- then you can do that. 

"We're not really walking in the room scratching our heads with buyer versus seller. We want to improve the team and we want drive to get there at the end of September to be a playoff team and go from there. That's what we're gonna do." 

The Giants made it clear in the offseason they had no plans to rebuild, even after a 98-loss season. Throughout the winter, the front office preached their message of a "reload" over a "rebuild." 

"We're gonna be a buyer if we can be a buyer," Baer made clear on KNBR. 

Starting with a 7-5 loss to the Brewers on Thursday night, the Giants are in a critical four-game home series with the team who currently sits atop the wild card standings. These four games could be a big factor in how the Giants view themselves for the trade deadline. 

"We have a shot and we wanna take that shot," Baer said on the playoffs. 

As far as the market on the trade deadline goes, Baer stated how a lot of big names have been moved early this year. He also said there's been a premium on bullpen arms, and the front office feels confident in the current construction of the bullpen, especially when Hunter Strickland returns. 

No matter what the Giants do at the deadline, help is on the way. Evan Longoria returned to the lineup on Thursday night, Joe Panik began his rehab assignment in Sacramento, and Strickland isn't too far away either. 

Giants swept away by Cardinals, drop fourth consecutive game

Giants swept away by Cardinals, drop fourth consecutive game

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The Giants wore goofy sweaters on their flight to San Diego last Sunday, and their rookies were given Fortnite outfits as they left Petco Park on Wednesday.

The flight home this Sunday will take on an entirely different tone. 

The Giants lost 9-2 to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium and suffered their first sweep in St. Louis since 1995.

The NL Central was one house of horrors after the next this season. The Giants also were swept in Cincinnati and Milwaukee. They lost two of three in Chicago and Pittsburgh. 

Here's what you need to know from the final game of that 2-13 road stretch ... 

--- Andrew Suarez was pulled after just 77 pitches, as the Giants likely are trying to limit his innings this late in the year. He gave up two earned runs in five innings, and if this is it for his rookie year, he currently stands at a 4.22 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. He's been a bright spot and certainly gives this team a nice rotation piece. 

--- This one turned into a boat race in the sixth. Ray Black was charged with four of the five runs allowed in the inning, which raised his ERA to 6.45. 

--- The lineup had just one hit off Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas through six innings. Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer in the seventh. 

--- The Giants have lost 50 road games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1984 and 1985. They went 26-55 away from home last season. Not surprisingly, the issue has been the offense. They've scored 25 fewer runs on the road despite playing six more games.

Giants blow 4-2 lead, fall to Cardinals on Tyler O'Neill's walk-off

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Giants blow 4-2 lead, fall to Cardinals on Tyler O'Neill's walk-off

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Cardinals made four errors Saturday and had trouble with several other balls. The Giants couldn’t take advantage.

Cardinals right fielder Tyler O’Neill hit a walk-off homer off reliever Mark Melancon in the bottom of the 10th at Busch Stadium, handing the Giants a 5-4 loss. They’ve lost three straight after a good start to their final trip. 

The Giants had runners on the corners and one out in the top of the 10th, but second baseman Alen Hanson struck out. After an intentional walk of catcher Nick Hundley, Right fielder Austin Slater struck out to end the threat. 

—- The Cardinals butchered a couple of bloops in the seventh and the Giants took full advantage. With a runner on first, Hanson and starting catcher Aramís Garcia hit bloops that Cardinals outfielders didn’t handle cleanly. Starter Dereck Rodriguez followed with a single and outfielder Gregor Blanco made it 4-2 when he beat out a double-play ball. 

—- Rodriguez was cruising but he walked the lead off batter in the bottom of the seventh and then gave up a two-run shot to catcher Yadier Molina. It was the first non-solo homer allowed by Rodriguez this season. The rookie was charged with four runs in what could have been the final start of his season. 

—- Joe Panik isn’t a thumper, but his first career start at first base had plenty of positives. Panik  had three hits and looked fine defensively. 

—- Garcia bounced back nicely from a four-strikeout night. He had four hits, including a big one in the seventh inning rally.