3 Most Likely Giants Trade Targets at the Deadline

Devon Platana
The three most likely targets for the San Francisco Giants ahead of the MLB trade deadline.
The three most likely targets for the San Francisco Giants ahead of the MLB trade deadline. / Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants have been one of the better National League teams to start the 2022 MLB season. Although their 37-29 record is solid, there's still some work to do before they catch the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, both of whom are tied 3.5 games ahead of the Giants for the NL West lead.

If San Francisco wants to catch its rivals, it'd be wise for general manager Scott Harris to shift his attention to the trade market. The MLB trade deadline is quickly approaching, meaning the Giants must ask fast if they want to acquire any of the better pieces.

The MLB trade deadline is August 2, and these three players are the most likely to be targeted by the Giants before the first week in August.

Giants Trade Rumors

1. Willson Contreras, C — Chicago Cubs

The catcher position has been one of the weakest areas for the Giants this year, so chasing a proven veteran like Willson Contreras is a no-brainer. The Chicago Cubs veteran will be one of the top catchers that other teams are pursuing and for good reason. The 30-year-old is slashing .279/.393/.524 this season, tallying 12 home runs and 27 RBIs in 58 games (208 at-bats). Furthermore, Contreras is still a solid defender (.994 fielding percentage in 2022) and also brings the experience of his 2016 World Series run with the Cubs. If the Giants want to be a playoff threat, Contreras is a player they must chase.

2. Frankie Montas, SP — Oakland Athletics

Between injuries and under-performances, the Giants could use some help shoring up the backend of their rotation. Frankie Montas is a pitcher that a lot of teams are calling the Oakland Athletics about and San Francisco should too (if management hasn't already). Montas has played well on the mound despite what his 3-7 record may imply, pitching to a 3.53 ERA and 1.139 WHIP in 14 starts. The 29-year-old finished ninth in AL Cy Young voting last year as well, so he has much more upside than a No. 4/5 guy if the Giants bring him in. Even if the asking price is steep, it'll be worth it for the Giants to bring Montas in as he's under team control next offseason as well.

3. Steve Cishek, RP — Washington Nationals

Although the Giants bullpen has been decent, it could use some improvements. One reliever that could add some versatility to the group is the sidearm-throwing Steve Cishek. The 36-year-old veteran has done a decent job on a bad Washington Nationals team, recording a 4.08 ERA, 30 strikeouts and a save in 28.2 innings over 29 appearances. Cishek's 22.9% strikeout rate is also his best since 2018 and he's only allowed just four earned runs over his last 12 appearances as of June 21. Given his age and expiring contract, Cishek is an affordable option for the Giants to pursue.

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