Potential targets for Giants at trade deadline
Buy or stand pat?
When Nori Aoki returns this week, the Giants will finally be whole. But will this whole group still be together after Friday’s trade deadline? That’s the question Brian Sabean, Bobby Evans, Bruce Bochy and the rest are throwing around after games. Publicly, the Giants have committed to their current rotation and bullpen, and there isn’t a spot to be had in the starting lineup. But behind closed doors, plenty of names will be thrown around this week as the front office tries to figure out if a tweak is needed for the stretch run. Most around the game expect the Giants to have a quiet week, but just in case, here are a few names to know as the deadline approaches.
He certainly looked comfortable while picking up six hits — including a homer, triple and double — this weekend at AT&T Park. Zobrist would fit just about anywhere on the diamond, which makes him a perfect fit for a Giants team lacking depth. Unfortunately, that also makes him a perfect fit for just about every team in ‘buy’ mode this week.
The third baseman could be an intriguing option for teams that miss out on Zobrist. Prado is pricey, but he would immediately become the Giants’ best backup infielder, and he can play the outfield, too.
The former top prospect got demoted to the minors in June, but he is just a year removed from a .280/.343/.427 line in the big leagues and the Indians reportedly have him on the block. Chisenhall, a left-handed bat, has primarily played third in his career and could be an upgrade over Matt Duffy’s current backups.
The asking price keeps rising for a versatile outfielder with a .861 OPS. The Giants know all about Parra’s defense, having seen him win two Gold Gloves in Arizona. Parra would give them another Gregor Blanco, which could come in handy given all the injuries in the outfield this season.
The speedster played for the Giants in 2007 and would give them a right-handed bench option who can capably handle center field. With 50 stolen bases the past two seasons, Davis would immediately become Bruce Bochy’s biggest threat to run.
The athletic right-hander has long been connected to the Giants, and members of the front office have talked of chasing Leake this offseason when he’s a free agent. If the Giants decide to alter their rotation, Leake would be a more cost-effective option than the top-tier starters. He has a 2.59 ERA in five career appearances at AT&T Park.
The Tigers haven’t committed to selling yet, but if they do, Price is the type of player who could swing a division race. The Giants are interested, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, and why wouldn't they be? Price (2.31 ERA) would give Madison Bumgarner his best running partner yet. This is an extreme long shot, but if the Giants decide to go all-in for a repeat, Price is probably their best bet.
The Rockies closer has been a little shaky of late, but the Giants could use another trusted arm in their bullpen given some of the struggles from core members of that group. Axford has a 3.38 ERA despite spending half his season pitching at Coors Field.
The Reds have started selling, and the hardest thrower in baseball could soon join Johnny Cueto elsewhere. It would take a monster offer to get Chapman out of Cincinnati, but this guy might be worth it. Craig Kimbrel would also fit in this category, and Padres G.M. A.J. Preller may just be gutsy enough to trade him within the division.