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MLB rumors: Giants only will make trades if there is 'significant' return

MLB rumors: Giants only will make trades if there is 'significant' return

The Giants are streaking and it has much of the fan base worried that their approach to the MLB trade deadline might have shifted.

Despite the 11-2 stretch that currently has the Giants just 2 1/2 games back of the second NL wild-card spot, most rational fans have been assuming the Giants should and would continue to be sellers as the deadline nears.

A recent report by ESPN's Jeff Passan suggested as such, giving Giants fans a moment to stop being possessed by Jim Cramer's spirit and take a breather.

That moment of relief now has been replaced by the latest report from The Athletic's Jim Bowden which suggests the Giants could buy, sell or hold at the deadline now that they have the opportunity to play meaningful games down the stretch.

Madison Bumgarner, Will Smith, Sam Dyson and Tony Watson all are attractive trade pieces. While Bowden reports the Giants are having "intense" trade discussions with "several teams," Farhan Zaidi will base his decisions based on how the Giants continue to play and what the market is for those players.

Via Bowden:

If the Giants do trade any of their four best trade assets — which at this point are probably Madison Bumgarner, Will Smith, Tony Watson and Sam Dyson — they’ll do so only because the return was so significant, and their future so much brighter, that they felt they had to make the deals. In other words, don’t expect the Giants to just be sellers as everyone (including us at The Athletic) had been assuming.

OK, now you can commence your best "Sell, sell, sell!" impression.

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After sweeping the Rockies in Colorado, the Giants return to Oracle Park to open a four-game series with the lowly Mets on Thursday, so don't expect the streaking to stop just yet.

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.

MLB rumors: Giants willing to talk about trading veteran relievers now

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MLB rumors: Giants willing to talk about trading veteran relievers now

PITTSBURGH -- After a busy start to the season, Farhan Zaidi has gone nearly two weeks without making a move. The Giants are not currently considering adding any of their Triple-A bats to a struggling lineup, but there still is stuff percolating behind the scenes. 

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Saturday that the Giants are willing to talk about some of their veteran relievers right now, which would be a continuation of a spring where the Giants tried to deal some of their bullpen depth but ultimately held everyone through Opening Day. 

Before that first game, Zaidi explained why a reliever-for-hitter trade never materialized. 

"When we talked about this over the course of the offseason it was a really deep reliever market in free agency this offseason, and we like our relievers, so they weren't just kind of fodder for us to trade them and acquire other pieces," Zaidi said. "A deal like that certainly made sense on paper, but we didn't line up on anything that we thought made sense for us."

It would continue to make sense for the Giants to seek those kinds of deals. They were right about their bullpen depth and talent, and through 21 games the group has a 2.33 ERA, more than a run lower than any other bullpen in the National League. The .605 OPS allowed is 57 points lower than the next best bullpen. 

It would be hard to get much for some of the newcomers, but if Zaidi could find the right deal for a Sam Dyson, for example, Trevor Gott and Nick Vincent could fill some of those innings, along with a resurgent Mark Melancon, who hasn't allowed a run. The Giants could then bring up a Ray Black or Tyler Beede to fill out the bullpen.

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The left side is where the Giants really have intriguing pieces to offer, and they got calls on both Will Smith and Tony Watson in the offseason. Either one could help any contender, and there is some left-handed depth with Travis Bergen at the big league level and Andrew Suarez, Pat Venditte and Ty Blach in Triple-A. 

There are plenty of teams out there -- hello, Nationals and Braves! -- who could use the bullpen help right now, and Zaidi has shown he's not afraid to pull the trigger on an early deal, trading for two outfielders in the season's first two weeks. If someone out there is willing to give up a nice package for a Giants reliever, you can bet Zaidi will take that call seriously.