An aging team full of one-year contracts is supposed to be sellers at the MLB trade deadline, right? In most cases, yes.
But the Giants aren't most cases this year. With the July 30 trade deadline just 10 days away, the Giants remain in first place in the NL West ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers with the best record in baseball. So, if San Francisco does decide to be buyers at the deadline this year, who might they be eyeing?
Craig Mish and Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reported Tuesday, citing sources, that one of the key teams to watch in a possible Starling Marte trade is the Giants.
Marte, 32, is set to be a free agent after the season. He reportedly was seeking a four-year contract from the Miami Marlins, but they would only go up to two and the sides couldn't agree on an extension ahead of the All-Star break. Now, it appears he's on the trade block as the Marlins enter Tuesday in last place of the NL East.
Adding Marte would make sense for the Giants, at the right price of course. The right-handed hitter is batting .290 with an .840 OPS this season. He isn't putting up huge power numbers -- seven home runs -- but his .449 slugging percentage is essentially his career average and his .391 on-base percentage is the best of his 10-year career.
Even in his 30s, Marte still is a threat on the bases. His 19 stolen bases are fourth in the majors, and 11 more than the Giants' leader, which is Austin Slater with eight. Marte primarily plays center field, and has a long history in left field as well.
Darin Ruf has been the Giants' best-hitting outfielder this season, but he's far from a Gold Glove option and center fielder Steven Duggar has cooled off, hitting just .146 this month. The Giants do have a need for a right-handed hitting outfielder, and Marte could fill the hole.
Prospect Heliot Ramos also could fill that hole, and he was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. Was that to get him on the fast track to San Francisco, or to be used as trade bait?
Farhan Zaidi always is creative when it comes to the trade deadline, and Marte is a name to monitor in the coming days.