Report: Giants are interested in Pirates' trade candidates

Richard Rodriguez

After taking three of four games from the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road, the Giants have returned home and dropped two straight to the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates. There could be a silver lining, though. 

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported Sunday that in the last 24 to 48 hours, the Giants have shown interest in the players the Pirates are making available ahead of the MLB trade deadline. 

Those players could include NL All-Stars Adam Frazier and Bryan Reynolds, along with reliever Richard Rodriguez and starter Tyler Anderson.

Frazier likely doesn't make sense for San Francisco's roster as Donovano Solano and Tommy La Stella should form a solid platoon at second base once La Stella returns from injury. The remaining three are intriguing options, though. 

First, let's start with Reynolds. Acquiring the center fielder would right a wrong from 2018. The Giants made Reynolds their top draft pick in 2015, and then traded him to the Pirates, along with Kyle Crick, for Andrew McCutchen in 2018. McCutchen lasted just a few months in San Francisco and Reynolds already is an All-Star at 26 years old. 

Reynolds, a switch-hitter, is batting .310 with a career-high 18 home runs and a .921 OPS. He also has gone 4-for-9 with a homer, double, and three RBI in the Pirates' last two games against the Giants. But he won't come cheap.

Rodriguez and Anderson are likelier options.

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Rodriguez enters Sunday with a 2.82 ERA and 14 saves. Over the last two seasons, he has a 2.77 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. Rodriguez is arbitration eligible the next two seasons. 


Adding Anderson would be a reunion for the lefty. He has a 4.35 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 18 starts with the Pirates this season. Last year, he had a 4.37 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 13 appearances -- 11 starts -- for the Giants.

The MLB trade deadline comes to a close at 1 p.m. PT on July 30.

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