With the MLB trade deadline just over a week away, the Giants are reportedly making a "need-for-need" deal with an AL wild-card contender.
San Francisco has "been in contact" with the Tampa Bay Rays about reliance on its reliance, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi. Joey Wendle or Michael Brosseau could leave Tampa Bay for the Bay.
Source: #Rays #SFGiants have been in contact regarding Giants relievers. Giants may move a reliever and keep Bumgarner after recent surge, especially if deal is need-for-need @MLB level. Joey Wendle or Michael Brosseau would help SF infield. @MLBNetwork
̵1; Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 23, 2019
The bulls have been one of the Giants' this season, and their relievers have entered Tuesday ranked fifth in ERA (3.88) , tied-for-seventh in batting average (.238) and 10th in total strikeouts (394). But Will Smith (free agency) and Sam Dyson (arbitration) are in the last year of their contracts, while Tony Watson has a player option after this season. San Francisco president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said he could not play any more.
One of Brosseau, 25, and Wendle, 29, could be the odd man out in Tampa Bay as the Rays infield gets healthier. Brosseau just made his MLB debut this year and slashed .317 / .408 / .590 in 292 plate appearances in Triple-A this season. Wendle has spent time on the injured list this season, struggling at the plate with a .200 / .277 / .264 slash line in his fourth MLB campaign. The former A's prospect is finished fourth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting just last year and can both play both outfield spots in addition to second base, shortstop and third base.
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Donovan Solano and Pablo Sandoval have been solid for the Giants in depth this season, and third prospect prospect Zach Green is currently in the big league with Evan Longoria on the injured list. Who is in his 20s, and Brosseau could give the Giants some youth and positional versatility.
With the Giants now in the thick of a wild-card chase, a move could allow them to "sell" without throwing in the towel. That's probably not the sentence you thought back when the season started, but it's now the Giants' reality as the trade deadline approaches.