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MLB rumors: Dodgers interested in Will Smith, if Giants will trade with LA

MLB rumors: Dodgers interested in Will Smith, if Giants will trade with LA

Will Smith has had a career year (exhibition home run surrendered to Joey Gallo aside).

The Giants, however, despite their recent hot streak, have not had a great 2019, and likely will be sellers at the trade deadline as they look to replenish a farm system that still is relatively barren.

Smith represents what could be the Giants' best trade chip, along with Madison Bumgarner, and a team to the south appears to have interest in some of the Giants' pieces

The Dodgers, who sit atop the NL West at 60-32, reportedly are in the market for relief pitching and have "varying levels of interest in" Smith, Reyes Moronta, Tony Watson and Sam Dyson, MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported Wednesday, citing league sources.

A potential Giants-Dodgers midsummer swap has been looking like a possibility for the last month. If a deal goes down, however, the Giants reportedly won't be bringing back one of LA's prized farmhands. 

"For now, at least, the Dodgers are highly unlikely to part with one of their top four prospects according to MLBPipeline.com -- Keibert Ruiz, Gavin Lux, Dustin May, and, yes, Will Smith -- for a rental reliever, even one as exceptional as Smith," Morosi writes.

A Smith-for-Smith swap certainly is something Giants might like to see. The young catcher has been tearing up the Pacific Coast League so far this season, hitting .291with 14 home runs and 40 RBI. The Louisville product also made his major league debut this season and hit .269 with three home runs and six RBI in nine games for the Dodgers.

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The bigger question in all of this, of course, is: Would the Giants and Dodgers actually do business with each other?

The two teams haven't made a trade since 2007 when the Giants sent Mark Sweeney to the Dodgers for Travis Denker (forever Giant?).

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi obviously knows the Dodgers farm system well from his time in LA and has a good relationship with Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, so it wouldn't be crazy to see Smith or another Giants reliever suiting up for the Dodgers later this summer.

Source: Giants planning to call up slugging third baseman Zach Green

Source: Giants planning to call up slugging third baseman Zach Green

SAN FRANCISCO — Conner Menez won’t be the only newcomer in the clubhouse on Sunday.

The Giants plan to call up power-hitting third baseman Zach Green from Triple-A, NBC Sports Bay Area has learned. Green has 23 homers for the River Cats this season with an OPS of 1.099. 

Green, a 25-year-old Sacramento native, was taken in the third round of the 2012 draft by the Phillies. He put up good numbers in their system, hitting 20 homers a year ago, but never got his shot and signed with the Giants over the offseason. He was in big league camp this year as a non-roster invitee.

Green has shown his power throughout the minor league season but was blocked at the big league level because he is primarily a first and third baseman. It’s unclear what his immediate role is, but Evan Longoria is out at least a couple more weeks with a left foot strain. The Giants have been concerned about wearing Pablo Sandoval down, although they do also have Donovan Solano as an option. It's possible Solano will see more time at second base.

[RELATED: Giants' loss a 'bump in the road']

Green could make his MLB debut with Menez on Sunday. The lefty will take Drew Pomeranz’s rotation spot. Menez is also a local, having grown up in Hollister. 

Giants' 11-4 loss to Mets 'a bump in the road,' Bruce Bochy believes

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Giants' 11-4 loss to Mets 'a bump in the road,' Bruce Bochy believes

All good things must come to an end.

The Giants' seven-game winning streak? Good, but over.

The New York Mets hit four long homers on Saturday, handing the Giants an 11-4 loss in front of the home crowd at Oracle Park.

Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija couldn't keep the momentum going as he gave up six hits and four earned runs over five innings. He did strike out seven Mets batters, though.

"A tick off as we were as a team," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Samardzija to reporters after the game. "We didn't swing the bats like we had been, so just a little off. It was just one of those days where they had their day and it was a tough day for us."

The Giants came out of the All-Star break on fire, winning eight of their first nine games. They swept a four-game series in Colorado and had won the first two games against the Mets in walk-off fashion. But the bats couldn't get going against New York starter Walker Lockett, who allowed just one earned run in five innings.

"You're going to have days," Bochy said. "We've been playing so well and had a bump in the road here. That's how we have to look at it. Regroup and come out and be ready to go tomorrow."

Bochy was asked if the Giants' recent schedule had something to do with Saturday's lackluster performance.

"It probably looked [like] it today," Bochy said. "It's been a tough schedule for these guys and not taking away from Lockett. He threw the ball well and we had a hard time figuring him out. When you look at this past week, four games in Colorado, 16 innings, but Pablo [Sandoval] went out there and swung it well today, he's been out there almost every inning. [Brandon] Belt, he got a couple hits.

"But it's going to look that way when you don't swing the bats. We're going to have a game like this. But we gotta keep going, keep grinding. We're playing well and this one was just not a good game for us."

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The Giants have a chance on Sunday to erase the bitter taste of this defeat. Left-handed pitcher Conner Menez will make his major league debut Sunday, taking the place of Drew Pomeranz in the rotation. In 18 appearances (17 starts) between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento this season, Menez has a 3.13 ERA and has struck out 123 batters in 95 innings.