If the San Francisco Giants decide to be sellers at the trade deadline, there is no doubt that a lot of teams will be calling Brian Sabean about making a deal.
One of those teams just so happens to be the Detroit Tigers, who the Giants swept in the World Series last fall.
According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Giants and Tigers have had “preliminary discussions” regarding a possible trade involving Giants’ relievers Sergio Romo or Javier Lopez.
Morosi also threw in Tim Lincecum as a possible target for the Tigers and Boston Red Sox, who are both looking for some bullpen help. Lincecum told Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday that he didn’t want to be traded.
At this point, it is hard to imagine the Giants moving everyone in a fire sale, as Schulman reports that Sabean is not conceding this early in the season.
Therefore, trading someone like Romo would seem very unlikely at this point. The Giants’ closer is 3-4 with a 2.86 ERA and 21 saves this season, and has established himself as one of the premier relievers in the game.
Lopez is a lefty specialist who has been brilliant the past few years for the Giants, and will be very valuable for a contending team down the stretch and in the postseason, as he showed in 2010 during the Giants’ World Series run. Our Jake Dal Porto points out the Tigers, Red Sox, and Cleveland Indians as possible suitors for Lopez.
For the Giants, it is a bit too early to consider selling and giving the season. There is a lot of baseball left, and only time will tell if the defending champs have another run left in them.