It is no secret that the San Francisco Giants need some pitching help, and fast. A team built around solid pitching, they currently rank 18th in the majors with a 4.05 ERA.
In fact, the entire NL West is looking at improving their pitching staff. No joke.
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports, all five teams in the division are looking to be buyers at the trade deadline, and they are all going after the same players, which should make this very fun and interesting.
Three names that the Giants have discussed are the Marlins’ Ricky Nolasco, the Cubs’ Matt Garza, and the Astros’ Bud Norris, all bona fide starters who could provide an instant spark to the rotation.
Nolasco and Norris have both publicly stated their interest in pitching for the Giants, with Norris calling it a “dream come true,” and Nolasco ranking the Giants as his first choice if he were to be traded.
However, just because there is mutual interest doesn’t mean the Giants will land them.
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers are “making a full-on blitz” to acquire Nolasco to prevent him from going to the Giants.
As for Norris and Garza, don’t think for one second that the Padres, Diamondbacks, Rockies, and Dodgers aren’t looking into those two as well.
The good thing is that there are plenty of trade options for the Giants if Plan A is taken.
According to Heyman, here are some more names on the block: Cliff Lee, Jake Peavy, Yovani Gallardo, Scott Feldman, Kevin Correia, Kevin Slowey, Lucas Harrell, Joe Saunders.
So we’re looking at a total of at least 11 pitchers that are available as we near the trade deadline, and the Giants could use a couple of them.