San Francisco Giants Trade Rumors: Latest Updates, News and Reaction
The San Francisco Giants have been in control of the National League West for much of the 2014 MLB season, so they will now have to assess their roster and decide if they need to make any deals at the trade deadline.
For part of the first half of the season, it looked like San Francisco would run away with the NL West. However, the Los Angeles Dodgers have come back and made it a race again. It's tough to find any holes on the Giants roster, but after blowing a 9.5-game lead in 21 days, this team may need to make a deal to try to get back on track.
Through the first three months, one could argue that the Giants were the winners of the offseason. Signing Michael Morse and Tim Hudson has paid off nicely.
San Francisco won the World Series in 2010 and 2012. What do those championship seasons have in common?
During each season, the team acquired a position player who would go on to play an important role down the stretch. Cody Ross (2010) and Marco Scutaro (2012) each came over during the season and went on to be named the National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player.
It's another even year, so fans are curious to see if ownership can continue to work its magic.
Make sure to keep checking back here to see what rumors the Giants are involved in and what deals the team makes as the MLB trade deadline approaches.
Giants Are Reportedly Pushing Hard for Alex Rios
Update: July 31 at 1:32 p.m. ET
The Giants and the Rangers are having "ongoing discussions" about a possible deal involving Alex Rios, according to Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi.
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Update: July 31 at 12:19 p.m. ET
The Giants are one of the teams pushing the hardest for Texas Rangers outfielder Alex Rios, according to CBS Sports' Ken Rosenthal. The Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Mariners are also pushing hard, per Heyman.
Rios is hitting .304 with four home runs, 22 doubles and eight triples in 2014. He also has 16 stolen bases. His power numbers are a bit down from what they usually are, as he typically hits at least 15 home runs.
The 33-year-old's success against left-handed pitching has to be a plus for the Giants. Rios is hitting .372 against southpaws this season.
Rios can play any of the outfield positions.
Potential Trade Target: Emilio Bonifacio, Chicago Cubs
Update: July 30 at 9:13 p.m. ET
Emilio Bonifacio is expected to be traded tonight, but according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman, the utility man isn't going to the Giants.
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Olney reported that the Giants are looking for someone to play center field against left-handed pitching, which is something Bonifacio could do. This season, the switch-hitter is batting a ridiculous .408 against southpaws.
Overall, Bonifacio is hitting .279 with two home runs, 14 doubles and three triples. He doesn't have a lot of power, but his speed can change a game. He has 14 stolen bases this season.
Bonifacio can play any of the outfield positions as well as second, shortstop and third base. With his skills, a team can find a spot for him to play every day.
Bonifacio will be a free agent after the 2014 season.
Potential Trade Target: 2B Gordon Beckham, Chicago White Sox
The San Francisco Giants are looking everywhere for a second baseman. Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reported that Gordon Beckham is among the players the Giants are looking at to fill the void.
Beckham may not be a terrific offensive fit at AT&T Park. He is hitting only .225 with seven home runs and 22 doubles this season. The 27-year-old is a career .246 hitter, which includes hitting no better than .234 in two of his first five seasons in the majors.
The infielder has been primarily a second baseman since his second season, but he does have some experience at third base and shortstop.
Beckham is under club control through the 2015 season.
Potential Trade Target: SS Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians
Cabrera is hitting .249 with nine home runs, 22 doubles and two triples this season. The switch-hitter has shown over the past three seasons that he has some pop in his bat and has enough speed to take the extra base when possible.
The 28-year-old has only played shortstop in recent seasons, but he has played second base and third base in the majors before.
The two-time All-Star is signed through the end of this season and then he will be a free agent. The Indians have a Francisco Lindor waiting in the minors, so they may try to deal Cabrera and get something in return.
July 21: Signed 2B Dan Uggla
The San Francisco Giants need some help on offense, so they are going to take a chance on Dan Uggla.
Uggla was released by the Atlanta Braves last week, less than a week after Uggla was suspended one game for reportedly showing up late to the ballpark, and Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported on Monday that the Giants have signed the veteran to a minor-league deal. Uggla will start out at Triple-A, and he can opt out of his deal on Aug. 1 if he hasn't been promoted to the majors, according to CBS Sports' Matt Snyder.
The second baseman was once the most feared hitter at his position. Now, he has to prove that he can hit consistently.
Uggla hit .287 in 2010, but his average has quickly dropped since then. He hit only .179 in 2013 and was hitting .162 in 48 games this season. His average last season was poor, but he still clubbed 22 home runs. In 48 games this season, the 34-year-old had a total of five extra-base hits—two home runs and three doubles.
In 27 games at AT&T Park, Uggla has a .231 career average and nine home runs.
Teams pretty much know what they are going to get out of Uggla. He's going to hit at least 20 home runs and strike out at least 150 times in a season. Entering this year, he had never hit fewer than 19 home runs in a season. He had also never struck out fewer than 149 times since his rookie season.
When his average is closer to his .244 career average, teams can justify keeping a bat like his in the lineup. However, if it's below the Mendoza line, teams will have a hard time putting his name on the lineup card on a consistent basis.
The Giants needed a big bat to help drive in runs. Uggla has plenty of pop in his bat, so San Francisco has to be hoping that a change of scenery will help him.
Potential Trade Target: UT Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
Update: July 28 at 8 a.m. ET
The Giants remain interested in Ben Zobrist, and should the Rays decide to trade him, San Francisco is a realistic landing spot, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. Even after trading away two prospects for Jake Peavy, the Giants are still interested in Zobrist.
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The 33-year-old has a slash line of .266/.352/.406 in 2014. He also has six home runs, 19 doubles and three triples this season, so he can do a little bit of everything.
Zobrist's numbers are pretty consistent with what he has done the past few seasons. He has hit anywhere from .269 to .275 the past three seasons, and he has hit 12-20 home runs in each of those seasons.
Back in 2009, he made a name for himself with the bat. The switch-hitter hit .297 with 27 home runs and 91 RBI. He may not be able to put up numbers like that anymore, but he is certainly capable of helping any team on offense.
Zobrist has played just about every position there is. He hasn't played catcher or pitcher, but other than that, he can play any position a team needs him to play.
Zobrist is due $7 million this season and has a $7.5 million team option for next season.
Potential Trade Target: OF Alex Rios, Texas Rangers
Rios is hitting .299 with four home runs, 21 doubles and eight triples in 2014. He also has 16 stolen bases. In four of the past five seasons, Rios has hit at least 18 home runs. Although he has the potential, the outfielder has not shown the same kind of power this season.
The 33-year-old is making $12.5 million this season and has a $13.5 million team option, with a $1 million buyout, for next season.
San Francisco is in a battle with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the National League West, so adding a quality bat would its chances in winning the division.
July 26: Acquired RHP Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox
The San Francisco Giants have added a veteran arm to their rotation. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that the team has acquired right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for minor-league pitchers. ESPN's Buster Olney reported that the Red Sox will receive left-handed pitcher Edwin Escobar and right-handed pitcher Heath Hembree. The San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea reported that the Red Sox will pay more than $3 million of Peavy's remaining 2014 salary, with the Giants paying the other $2 million.
Peavy's numbers this year aren't pretty. The 33-year-old is 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA and a 1.427 WHIP through his first 20 starts. Those numbers are pretty shocking considering he is 133-107 with a 3.58 ERA in his 13-year career.
Peavy spent the first 7.5 seasons of his career in the National League, but he hasn't pitched in the league since 2009. He went 92-68 with a 3.29 ERA in 212 games with the San Diego Padres.
His numbers jumped as he moved to the American League and again when he moved to the AL East. A change of scenery could be in his best interest.
The pitcher is making $14.5 million this season. He also has a $15 million vesting player option for next year, but he may not meet the triggers.
The Giants' rotation ranks ninth in the majors in ERA, but with Matt Cain's injury concern, the team decided to add an arm to help it make a playoff push.
Giants Interested in Pair of Indians Players
If the Cleveland Indians decide to sell at the trade deadline, the San Francisco Giants will be interested in a pair of their players.
Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reported that the Giants would be interested in shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and utility man Mike Aviles if the Indians sell.
Cabrera is a two-time All-Star and has made a name for himself with his bat and his glove. The 28-year-old's production has dropped the past few seasons, but there is still plenty of potential. He is currently hitting .250 with nine home runs, 22 doubles and two triples this season.
The shortstop is fairly durable. From 2009 to 2013, he appeared in at least 130 games in all but one season.
Should Cleveland decide to sell, Cabrera is likely to go. He is in the final year of his contract, and the Indians have Francisco Lindor waiting in the minors.
Aviles may not have the same skill set as Cabrera, but his versatility is a plus. He can play first, second, shortstop and any of the outfield positions.
The 33-year-old isn't an everyday player, but he has hit well when he is in the lineup. He is currently hitting .269 on the season.
As of July 19, Cleveland was 49-47. That record puts the Indians 5.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central but only two games out in the AL Wild Card race. It's tough to see them as sellers right now, but if the Indians decide to deal some pieces, Cabrera and Aviles would be targets of the Giants.
Potential Trade Target: OF Dayan Viciedo, Chicago White Sox
Viciedo is a career .259 hitter and has shown some pop. He hit 25 home runs in 2012 and 14 last season. So far in 2014, he has nine home runs, 18 doubles and two triples.
Through the first four years of his career, the 25-year-old has played in more than 124 games only once. He is on pace to top that mark this season, but it's tough to see exactly what his potential is until he starts consistently playing in 150 games per season.
The outfielder may seem like an odd fit at AT&T Park. After all, he made five errors last season and already has six errors through 79 games in the outfield this season. AT&T Park isn't very forgiving to outfielders who make errors.
Viciedo is cheap and is under club control through the 2017 season. Those are good qualities in a player that teams outside of the big markets look for at the deadline. Should the White Sox decide to trade Viciedo, the Giants may be one of the teams that makes a push for him.
Potential Trade Target: 2B Daniel Murphy, New York Mets
During each of their two recent championship seasons, the Giants have added a bat. Cody Ross, Marco Scutaro and Hunter Pence were all important pieces of the team's playoff runs. Adding a bat this season could do the same thing.
There's no guarantee that the Mets will trade Murphy. No team has run away with the National League East, so it's no sure thing that the team will sell at the deadline. The second baseman is one of the team's best hitters, and such a player is tough to deal away for a team that plays at Citi Field.
Murphy is eligible for arbitration after this season and will be a free agent after the 2015 season. He's an affordable player and can provide a boost to a team looking for offense.
The Giants picked up Marco Scutaro in 2012, and Murphy would be a similar addition.