Should Giants package Madison Bumgarner, Will Smith at MLB trade deadline?

Should Giants package Madison Bumgarner, Will Smith at MLB trade deadline?

The Giants might be streaking, but their new-found winning ways likely won't stop them from being sellers as the MLB trade deadline approaches (nor should it). 

Now just three games out of the second NL Wild Card, the Giants might have one eye on the playoffs but the other still should be fixed on the future.

As the July 31 trade deadline approaches, the Giants will look to recoup maximum value for ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner and All-Star closer Will Smith.

Bumgarner will be a free agent at the end of the season, so the Giants likely won't be able to get a ton in return for the veteran southpaw.

Unless, perhaps, they package MadBum and Smith together.

That, according to The Athletic's Jim Bowden, would be the Giants' best avenue to maximizing the value of the two lefties.

Via Bowden:

"A package of Bumgarner and Smith would probably bring back the best prospect package of any duo presently available, and several teams have the need, including the Astros, Braves, Brewers, Cardinals, Dodgers, Nationals, Rockies, Twins, Phillies, Rays, Red Sox and Yankees. The only blip here is that Bumgarner has a no-trade clause to all of those teams except the Rays and Twins. However, the Giants think there is a possibility that Bumgarner would waive his no-trade clause if the circumstances were right for all parties (which would require Bumgarner approving the team he’s traded to, and likely getting some type of assignment bonus from one of the two teams ultimately involved in the transaction).

If all of those teams listed are potential suitors for one or both of the Giants' prized chips, a bidding war could be in the cards.

For Bowden's two cents, he has the Twins penciled in as the team that would be most likely to do a deal for Bumgarner and Smith.

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It seems like both Bumgarner and Smith will have big trade markets as the deadline approaches, and it's up to the Giants to strike at the right time.

If Bumgarner's market isn't as active as they'd like, trying to entice a hopeful contender into giving up some highly valued prospects in exchange for a World Series hero and an All-Star closer just might be their best chance at restocking the farm system. 

Giants' Mauricio Dubon needs jersey number after Gabe Kapler took his

Giants' Mauricio Dubon needs jersey number after Gabe Kapler took his

Gabe Kapler had his introductory press conference as the Giants' new manager, and he's chosen his uniform number as well.

The skipper has chosen No. 19 to sport this season, which means young infielder Mauricio Dubon will have to choose a new number -- and he needs your help.

He recently took to Twitter and asked what number he should wear now that he has to make the switch: 

No. 21 appeared to stand out from a Milwaukee Brewer's fan account, since Honduras became a country in 1821. Dubon was born in Honduras in 1994 (sorry to make you guys feel old).

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Five-time All-Star second baseman Jeff Kent also sported the number with San Francisco.

We shall see ... 

Giants continue Triples Alley construction, moving bullpens off field

Giants continue Triples Alley construction, moving bullpens off field

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gabe Kapler and Scott Harris both went through the same drill earlier this week, standing near the home dugout at Oracle Park as a team photographer grabbed shots from their first days on the job. Behind the two new members of the brain trust, construction workers continued the work that started last month.

The Giants plan to make an official announcement about the changing dimensions of their ballpark, and the new locations of the bullpen, soon, but those who attended the press conferences this week -- and a TopGolf event the park hosted last week -- got a sneak preview. 

A chunk of the bleacher seats in right center have already been ripped out to make room for the new bullpens, and some seats have also been taken out in left center to accommodate other changes to the ballpark. But team president and CEO Larry Baer said the changes won't be drastic for hitters. 

"Triples Alley will still be Triples Alley, just with some refinements," Baer said. 

The Giants are still figuring out some of the exact details, but they know the bullpens will be side-by-side in center and right center. The kale garden will remain, although it sounds like there will be some changes to the dimensions out there because the center-field wall is coming in about six feet, which should please hitters. 

The deepest part of the park -- the nemesis for Brandon Belt and other left-handed hitters -- is 421 feet and will ultimately be closer to 410 feet when the construction is done, the Giants think. The Giants put a bar underneath the new scoreboard last season and plan to have additional changes, including a terrace, out there this year, continuing a trend around the game -- seen across the bridge in Oakland -- of having more gathering spots for fans. 

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Even as they held two press conferences last week, the Giants remained coy about their exact plans for the dimensions, but they expect to take out about 400 seats.

Some of those may be made up for in other spots. There is a short wall separating the old bullpens from the first row of seats and about 80 feet of that wall has been taken down on both sides of the park, which would seem to indicate that the Giants are going to add some premium seating in some of that territory.