For the second year in a row, players are making life difficult for Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.
The 2019 Giants weren’t a good team, but they went 19-6 in July, briefly turning into the hottest team in the majors. Zaidi honored that time by keeping most of the gang for a run in a postseason location that ended fairly quickly after the swap expired.
A year later, the Giants appeared to be dead in the water for 24 games.
But just like they did last July, they found new equipment midway through the season, scoring six straight wins not only to get back into the race, but even to slip into NL’s second wild card. .
The buy-sell decision became complicated again.
Not that Zaidi and CEO Scott Harris are complaining. They were hoping to be competitive this season, although that makes it difficult to determine which way to go before the August 31 trade deadline.
Last week, Zaidi said he expected all of this to come back to the wire.
“Based on our experience from last year and how the trade deadline seems to have played baseball over the past few years, a lot of the activity comes down to the last 24 hours and even both. last hours before the transaction deadline. ” Zaidi told NBC Sports Bay Area. “So there will be a lot of conversations between now and then, but I think there is no need to set an irreversible course of ‘We will definitely try to accomplish these five or six things.’
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The last two hours before the July deadline have been hectic. While the Giants held Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith – who ultimately took selection compensation in the draft – they decimated what was a pretty solid bullpen, garnering various perspectives in the process, including Mauricio Dubon. Some residents say the fires
The Giants don’t have much to offer this time around even if they wanted to sell.
Johnny Cueto may intrigue many suitors, but he owes $ 26 million after this season and the money has become extremely limited for the game.
Zaidi convinced the Braves to accept Mark Melancon’s contract last year. If he manages to throw another big problem into that environment, you might as well find land in Third and King for a statue.
Kevin Gausman, Trevor Cahill and Tyler Anderson could help teams that need depth of projection, but … the Giants are one of those teams. And remember, I’m in the playoffs right now. Those three have helped save the season and solidify the rotation, and with Drew Smyly and Jeff Samardzija still reshaping, the Giants have no obvious substitutions at home.
Zaidi said the front office will assess areas where there is a surplus and felt that many agreements dropping on Aug. 31 may be needed out of necessity. Perhaps the Giants will find another team yearning for one of their non-star youngsters, with a similar young piece of depth returning in exchange.
“I think with the uncertainty of the situation we find ourselves in, the teams don’t know how to assess 2020 against the years to come,” Zaidi said. “You may see more action needed if needed in the commercial market this year.”
These operations are also more complicated than ever.
Whether they are buyers or sellers, the giants are entering this area a bit blindly. They haven’t found any opposing minor leagues since last August, an eternity in a young player’s career.