3 Players the San Francisco Giants Could Move at MLB Trade Deadline
By Dan Israeli
It's been five years since the San Francisco Giants won their last World Series, and it may finally be time for the team to start selling off veterans in hopes to rebuild toward their next dynasty.
The Giants are 41-48 at the All-Star break, 17.5 games behind the NL West leading Los Angeles Dodgers. While they're only 5.5 games out of the NL Wild Card, they trail nine other teams.
With the Giants likely to sell, here are three veterans San Fransisco is most likely to deal ahead of the July 31 MLB Trade Deadline.
3. Pablo Sandoval, 1B/3B
Lovably known as the Kung Fu Panda, Pablo Sandoval won three World Series titles with the Giants before a brief stint with the Boston Red Sox. He's been back in the Bay Area for three seasons now, and is having a nice year at the dish with 11 homers and a .288 batting average. Sandoval has been rumored in trade talks, and could be useful to a number of contending teams in need of a corner infielder.
2. Will Smith, RP
Giants closer Will Smith has been at the center of trade rumors for some time now. The 2019 All-Star has already collected 23 saves with a 1.98 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings. The list of teams inquiring is likely a long one, but two allegedly making the most noise are the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers. One would think the Giants would prefer to move Smith to the NL Central, rather than handing him over to a division rival.
1. Madison Bumgarner, SP
How many more starts Madison Bumgarner makes in a Giants uniform is anyone's guess. MadBum has been tied to a plethora of teams, including but not limited to the Houston Astros, the Minnesota Twins, the Atlanta Braves, the New York Yankees and the Milwaukee Brewers. His departure from the Giants seems like a forgone conclusion, and San Fransisco should get quite a haul for the three-time World Series champ.
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