How Farhan Zaidi is reacting to Giants' hot streak ahead of trade deadline

How Farhan Zaidi is reacting to Giants' hot streak ahead of trade deadline

DENVER -- The big takeaway from Farhan Zaidi's introductory press conference last November was that the new boss did not talk about grand changes or plans, but rather about the Giants getting incrementally better with every move.

It took a while, but Zaidi's plan is starting to lead to positive results on the field, and that's ironically put him in a tough spot for the next two weeks. The Giants have more trade chips than any team out there and still do not have a winning record. At the same time, they're the hottest team in baseball and have snuck within three games of a playoff spot. 

So does Zaidi sell, does he buy, or does he stand pat? Or will it be a little of everything?

"Like every organization, we have to keep an eye on the future, but the present as well," Zaidi said on KNBR on Wednesday morning.

If the Giants have chosen a direct path, they certainly won't indicate so publicly. The best educated guess at this point is that Zaidi will try to walk a tightrope, potentially dealing pending free agents like Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith while also looking to strategically add. Not every addition has to be a blockbuster; the Giants are in this position because of under-the-radar additions like Alex Dickerson and Mike Yastrzemski.

"Not every trade that's made leading up to the trade deadline is a pure buy or sell deal," Zaidi said. "Sometimes it's a need-for-need deal. That might be the direction that we go."

No matter what he decides, Zaidi certainly is enjoying the renaissance. The Giants have won 11 of 13 and all of a sudden look poised to make good on something else Zaidi said back in November. Despite the dire situation he inherited, Zaidi talked of the Giants being competitive as long as they could in 2019. That became more important once Bruce Bochy announced his retirement.

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"This entire season for us has never been a throwaway season or rebuilding season," Zaidi told KNBR. "I think people tried to cast it that way, especially with the way we came out of the gates early in the season and it sort of had that air to it. But one of the reasons we made all the moves and brought up Dickerson and Yastrzemski is we tried to look for a group of players that could get on a roll like this.

"We're very invested in this season and it's been really exciting seeing how the team has played. Every pennant race and every opportunity you have to get to the playoffs has a ton of value. It has a ton of value to the fans and the organization, and we don't take that lightly."

Watch Giants' Mike Yastrzemski catch first pitch from Carl at Fenway Park

Watch Giants' Mike Yastrzemski catch first pitch from Carl at Fenway Park

A night after hitting a home run at the ballpark his grandfather once called home, Giants rookie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski made another special memory at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.

The 29-year-old caught the ceremonial first pitch ahead of San Francisco's game with the Boston Red Sox from a very special pitcher: His grandfather, Baseball Hall of Famer and Red Sox legend Mike Yastrzemski.

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The elder Yastrzemski played 3,308 games in 23 seasons with the Red Sox, winning a Most Valuable Player award when he won the Triple Crown in 1967. The younger Yastrzemski made his MLB debut this season, and he hit his 20th home run of his first big league campaign Tuesday night at Fenway.

Mike called that feeling "special," but Wednesday's first pitch just might have topped it. 

Giants vs. Red Sox lineups: Bruce Bochy seeks 2,000th win at Fenway Park


Giants vs. Red Sox lineups: Bruce Bochy seeks 2,000th win at Fenway Park

The Giants play Game 2 of a three-game series at historic Fenway Park after an evening of events that even a movie script couldn't duplicate.

Mike Yastrzemski homered in the Giants' 7-6, 15-inning win on Tuesday night over the Red Sox, rounding the bases on the same field as his Hall of Fame grandfather. The teams also used a combined 24 pitchers to tie an MLB record

Jeff Samardzija will take the mound as Giants manager Bruce Bochy seeks his 2,000th career win. The Shark will face Boston for the first time since 2015 and is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in four career starts against the squad. 

On the other side of the ball, Jhoulys Chacin will face a Giants lineup that he has he has fared well against. He has gone 9-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 22 starts against San Francisco.

And yes, Grandpa Yaz should be in the stands on Wednesday night.

Here are how the lineups look to shape up as the Red Sox play host to the Giants. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app.

San Francisco Giants (73-78)
RF Mike Yastrzemski
1B Brandon Belt
CF Kevin Pillar
LF Alex Dickerson
DH Stephen Vogt
SS Brandon Crawford
3B Cristhian Adames
2B Mauricio Dubon
C Aramis Garcia
RHP Jeff Samardzija (10-12, 3.72 ERA)

Boston Red Sox (79-71)
LF Andrew Benintendi
SS Xander Bogaerts
3B Rafael Devers
DH Christian Vazquez
RF Brock Holt
1B Mitch Moreland
CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
2B Marco Hernandez
C Sandy Leon
RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-10, 5.44 ERA)