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San Francisco Giants Trade Deadline Big Board: Ranking the Top Targets

Ben FederCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2014

San Francisco Giants Trade Deadline Big Board: Ranking the Top Targets

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    It's about that time of the year again.

    The rumors start swirling, the general managers start pulling the all-nighters and the suitcases begin to get packed. 

    The trade deadline is upon us. 

    For the San Francisco Giants, it will definitely be an interesting 16 days until July 31. We will have to wait and see if Brian Sabean will make some trades and add some reinforcements to his scuffling squad.

    Let's take a look at the top targets the Giants should consider trading for.

Dayan Viciedo

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    According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Giants have already reached out to the White Sox regarding their power-hitting outfielder.

    The Cuban slugger has 11 home runs and 34 RBI on the year but is hitting just .242. Viciedo does not play center, and the Giants have the corner outfield locked up with Michael Morse and Hunter Pence.

    It appears the Giants are looking at Viciedo as a home run threat who can come off the bench in the late innings. 

    Viciedo can hit the long ball occasionally but struggles to get on base with a .292 OBP.

    All in all, there's nothing too exciting about the prospect of this trade. 

Chris Denorfia

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    This may not sound like the most exciting name on paper, but just hear me out.

    Denorfia obviously loves hitting at AT&T Park seeing as his lifetime batting average in San Francisco is .323 with 31 hits in 103 at-bats. He can play any outfield position and hit anywhere in the order.

    If Angel Pagan’s injury keeps him out longer than expected, Denorfia would be a decent bat to have at the top of the lineup.

Gerardo Parra

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    If the Giants are looking to add some depth off the bench and another quality outfielder, they should keep an eye on Gerardo Parra.

    Parra has an absolute cannon in the outfield and is solid at the plate.

    When Michael Morse needs a break in left field, Parra would be a nice guy to plug in when needed. It’s always tough to trade within the division, but he would be a good pickup for the Giants.

Joakim Soria

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    Twenty-one games out of first place, the Texas Rangers will definitely be sellers leading up to the July 31 deadline and might be looking to move their closer Joakim Soria.

    Soria has 16 saves on the year with a 10.00 K/BB ratio, a mark that is among the top for closers in all of baseball.

    It looks like the Rangers will have a big asking price for Soria. Should the Giants bite the bullet and trade for Soria?

Joaquin Benoit

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    Benoit has been lights out all year for the Padres with a 1.86 ERA in 38.1 innings.

    His experience as both a setup man and closer would be extremely valuable to the Giants. 

    It will be very difficult to land Benoit as he will have many suitors leading up to the July 31 deadline. If the Giants could somehow bring him up north to San Francisco, it would turn the Giants bullpen into an elite unit.

Steve Cishek

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    Pitching, pitching and more pitching.

    That is the recipe for how the Giants won two championships in three seasons. If they make it to October baseball again, they will need a strong rotation and a lights-out bullpen.

    The Giants bullpen has been a bit erratic this year, highlighted by the inconsistencies of former closer Sergio Romo. If the Giants are looking to lock up the back end of the bullpen, Steve Cishek would be a great addition. 

    Cishek has been very good this year, going 20-for-23 on save opportunities and only surrendering one home run on the year, six less than Romo.

    The Giants will have to compete with teams like the Tigers and Angels—two clubs that need bullpen help—to get Cishek.

Ben Revere

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    The Giants better hope that Angel Pagan returns to the lineup soon because without him, they are not the same ball club. Since Pagan went down with a back injury on June 15, the Giants have gone 9-16 and struggled to get any sort of production from the top of the order.

    According to Ryan Hood of MLB.com, the Giants hope to get Pagan back soon after the All-Star break, but that may seem a bit optimistic considering Pagan hasn’t swung a bat yet.

    The Giants should not wait on Pagan and just let the Dodgers run away with the NL West. They should add another outfielder that can get on base and steal some bags.

    Ben Revere is just that guy.

    The speedy outfielder is hitting .295 with 26 steals and 41 runs scored on the year. If the Giants have any hesitation that Pagan can stay healthy for the remainder of the season, they should pull the trigger and trade for Revere.

Ben Zobrist

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    Zobrist is arguably the most versatile player in baseball and would be a great addition for the Giants.

    San Francisco has tried multiple options at second base including Brandon Hicks, Ehire Adrianza, Joe Panik, Joaquin Arias and now Marco Scutaro. Unfortunately, none of these guys have been able to do much at the plate, combining to hit .179 thus far. 

    Having Scutaro back should help, but he is no longer an everyday starter and probably won’t hit .362 like he did when the Giants traded for him in 2012.

    Zobrist would give the Giants a stable option at second base, something they have severely lacked this year. 

    Giants scouts were in attendance at Tropicana Field last week to take a look at Zobrist, so it appears things could be heating up soon. 

Daniel Murphy

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    If you are the general manager of a team seeking an upgrade at second base, Daniel Murphy should be at the top of your list.

    The Mets All-Star is hitting .294 with seven home runs and 37 RBI. His consistency and ability to hit anywhere in the order would offer a big lift to the Giants offense. 

    During the Giants’ championship runs in 2010 and 2012, the club leaned on second basemen like Freddy Sanchez and Marco Scutaro to be catalysts at the top of the order. Murphy should be the next in line. 

    It won’t be easy to land Murphy, as I am sure the Mets will have a big asking price. If the Giants can package the right kind of deal for him, they should go for it. 

    The Giants offense has suffered from a bad case of the shutouts recently. Daniel Murphy could be just what the doctor ordered. 

David Price

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    MIKE CARLSON/Associated Press

    Price is undoubtedly the best pitcher on the market. 

    I would be very surprised if the Giants landed the southpaw because they frankly don’t have the big-name prospects that the Rays would want.

    However, if the Dodgers made a play for Price, the Giants might want to try to play keep away and land him. 

    Should the Giants give up their top prospects like Kyle Crick, Edwin Escobar and Chris Stratton, and go for Price?

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