MLB Trade Rumors: 8 — Yes, Eight — SF Giants Could Be On Trade Block Come July

Try as they might to spend their money each offseason, the biggest stars don't want to go to San Francisco these days. So the Giants continue to try to piece together a competitive team in the uber-tough NL East Division, and once again, it appears, this season are falling short. Their 19-24 mark has them in 4th place.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks will all likely be hard for the Giants to catch, and they potentially are looking like sellers come July. And if that happens, the list is long of potential trade pieces. Here are 8 players that could be offered up:

  • Blake Snell, P
  • Michael Conforto, OF
  • Matt Chapman, 3B
  • Robbie Ray, P
  • Wilmer Flores, INF
  • Nick Ahmed, SS
  • Alex Cobb, P
  • Austin Slater, OF
Now, granted, not all of those will have much trade value (in fact, many won't), but what is common amongst that group is they will all be free agents, or have a player option that if declined would make them a free agent. 

Chief among the latter group is reigning Cy Young holder, Blake Snell. He was forced into signing a two-year, $62 million contract with an opt-out after his agent Scott Boras talked him out of taking a NY Yankees offer of 6 years, $150 million. 
Snell's $38.5 million player option for 2025 may certainly scare off most teams, unless he is back to his Cy Young form. So far, injuries and brutal performance mean he is nowhere close (0-3, 11.85 ERA). 

Matt Chapman is another fresh signee who had to settle for far less than his expected value, thanks to the Boras Touch. He can also opt-out after the season, as can veteran Flores, and another former Cy Young winner, Robbie Ray, who isn't expected to pitch until late July as he comes back from Tommy John surgery. Trading him might be difficult if he hasn't shown much on a major league mound before the trade deadline.

Conforto (another Boras client seemingly banished to the Bay Area), Cobb (who hasn't pitched yet this year), Austin Slater (OPS+ of 34) and Nick Ahmed (OPS+ of 67) are all set to become unrestricted free agents after the year. 

So eight players for the Giants to consider trading, but unless things improve, perhaps not many buyers for that group. 

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