Giants notes: Peavy moved to bullpen to clear spot for Moore


Giants notes: Peavy moved to bullpen to clear spot for Moore

PHILADELPHIA -- Bruce Bochy has known Jake Peavy since he broke into the big leagues with the Padres 14 years ago, so it wasn't easy to make Tuesday's move. But Bochy said Peavy handled it well when he was told he was being pulled from the rotation.

Matt Moore, acquired Monday, goes into the No. 3 spot and Jeff Samardzija slides over one. Matt Cain, not Peavy, was chosen as the fifth starter. 

"Peavy is going to help us in the bullpen," Bochy said. "I spoke to him and he's all-in. Whatever we need, he's willing to do to help the ballclub. He had a great attitude about it. It's never easy to tell a veteran that we're asking you to make a role change (but) he was great. He was."

On Grateful Dead night at Citizens Bank Park, Peavy said he was "too grateful to be hateful." 

"Am I going to sit around and pout? That's certainly not who I am or what I would ever do," Peavy said. "It's the nature of the business. You do what you're asked to do. There are two ways to look at this, and I choose the positive outlook. I'll do all I can to adapt and be ready when the team needs me."

Peavy and Cain have both had their ups and downs this season. While Peavy righted the ship late in the first half, Cain is coming off a five-inning, no-hit outing. Cain also has dealt with more injuries the past two seasons, and it would be harder to get him loose in a relief role. Peavy has generally been the starter to head down to the bullpen when the Giants are short, and Bochy has come close to using him in relief a couple times already.

"You look at Matt's last couple outings and it's been encouraging," Bochy said. "He really is where he was before he hurt his hamstring. I think (Peavy) is a little better equipped to help in the 'pen as far as getting ready and the pace of getting ready and how long it's going to take. I think it's going to be a little easier for Jake."

Bochy said he may mix and match down the line, but for now Peavy, who has just one career relief appearances, is the new long reliever. Albert Suarez and Matt Reynolds were optioned to Triple-A just before Tuesday's game when Moore and Will Smith are activated.

Peavy said he doesn't need long to warm up, and he expects to be a good reliever. 

"I'm going to do all I can do to be prepared to get in there," Peavy said. "That's obviously the difference. I'm going to be the best one I can be."

Peavy, a free agent after the year, said he believes he's still a Major League caliber starter and he pointed to a hot stretch before the break and a solid night against the tough Red Sox lineup. For now, he'll be in the bullpen, though.

"I love the guys in that room too much not (to embrace it)," he said. "

--- Ehire Adrianza came off the DL after a long stint dealing with a fractured foot. Mac Williamson goes on the DL with a left shoulder strain, and Bochy said it's possible Williamson will need more than 15 days to recover. Williamson was hurt Sunday while making a catch in left field. 

--- Bochy said Eduardo Nunez will likely hit ninth quite a bit, giving the Giants the old second-leadoff-hitter look that they had earlier this season. Conor Gillaspie will also be mixed in at third base now that Matt Duffy has been traded. 

MLB trade rumors: Giants might receive only 'Grade C prospects' for relievers

MLB trade rumors: Giants might receive only 'Grade C prospects' for relievers

The Giants have three relievers whom other MLB teams covet.

Will Smith, Tony Watson and Sam Dyson all have been mentioned in trade rumors this month. But a problem has come up.

The Giants broke out of the All-Star break on fire and have put themselves in the middle of the NL wild-card race. Their hot streak almost certainly will delay Farhan Zaidi's decision to buy or sell.

If Zaidi is forced to wait, the market could be flooded with options for teams, driving down the price.

As ESPN's Buster Olney writes, that could hurt the return the Giants receive for Smith, Watson and/or Dyson:

"Some executives believe that by the time we get to the last hours before the trade deadline, there will be a lot of starting pitchers and relievers available, and if that's the case, then it could depress the possible return that the Giants or any other seller would get. It's possible, one evaluator indicated, that if San Francisco decided to unload some relievers, it might get offered Grade C prospects."

Zaidi reportedly had hoped to use the trio of relievers and ace Madison Bumgarner to replenish the Giants' farm system. But now, it's not certain that the Giants will be sellers before the July 31 trade deadline. If they do indeed decide to sell, it most likely will come after their two upcoming series with the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres.

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But by then, it might be too late for Zaidi to acquire the top prospects he covets.

MLB rumors: Madison Bumgarner could reject trade to stay with Giants

MLB rumors: Madison Bumgarner could reject trade to stay with Giants

With their recent surge in the standings, Farhan Zaidi and the Giants are in a tough spot.

Do they cash in trade chips such as Madison Bumgarner and restock their farm system? Or do they hang on to the 2014 World Series MVP and make a push for an NL wild-card spot?

Zaidi isn’t ready to answer that, as he mentioned before the Giants' 3-2 12-inning win over the Mets on Sunday.

But what about another crazy option? What if Zaidi agrees to trade Bumgarner to another team before the July 31 deadline and Bumgarner envokes his power to reject the deal?

ESPN's Buster Olney, citing a source, reported Sunday that that certainly is a possibility.

"In light of the Giants' recent surge, one source says he wouldn't be shocked if Bumgarner turned down a deal just to continue to be part of something he loves for the rest of his deal," Olney writes. "He could use the no-trade clause to extract some cash out of the Giants -- a going-away present, you could call it, a final chunk of change for a player who has been worth far more to the franchise than he has been paid during his time in San Francisco."

Back in May, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported that Bumgarner has eight teams on his no-trade clause: Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals.

Following his last start, Bumgarner was asked about the trade rumors surrounding him, and he made it clear his only goal is to win games for the Giants.

"I don't give a s--t," Bumgarner said. "I'm here to win games for this team, and that's what we're doing."

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In the moment, he meant that as a short-term goal. But what if Bumgarner really meant he doesn't want to leave?

Olney's latest reporting certainly puts that thinking on the table.