It’s August, which means, well, everyone goes on waivers. Not everyone, but the usual suspects who didn’t get dealt in July.
For the San Francisco Giants, the usual suspects are Tim Lincecum, Hunter Pence and Javier Lopez. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, all three were put on waivers over the weekend, but the chances of any of them being dealt are slim.
Heyman notes that a block was likely employed here, meaning there’s no real evidence of a trade happening. I’d guess one of the three NL Central contenders—Pirates, Cardinals or Reds—were involved, at least to some degree. But that’s just speculation, of course.
The Giants had a high asking price for Lopez in July, reportedly demanding Indians’ top pitching prospect Danny Salazar in exchange for the dominant lefty. Cleveland quickly shot down that idea, probably for good reason. Salazar still needs some fine-tuning, but he features an electric fastball that touches the high-90’s on occasion. He’s the type of prospect that could bring back a heavy haul, not a lefty specialist.
The Tigers and Red Sox both had varying levels of interest in Lincecum throughout July, but nothing really surfaced. And for Pence, the Yankees, Pirates and Reds were three teams with rumored interested.
The Giants could extend qualifying offers to Lopez, Pence and Lincecum at the end of the season. Or, of course, they could talk extensions. All three have expressed interest in returning to San Francisco, but money is, well, money.