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Trade for Danny Salazar

Oct 4, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar (31) delivers in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

After early talks with the Cleveland Indians, the Giants originally turned down a deal for Carlos Carrasco which carried a price tag that included Joe Panik and Brandon Belt. Well, the Giants should explore trade options with the Indians once again, except this time about teammate Danny Salazar.

While Carrasco and Salazar are young, they both had breakout years and will command a nice return since they are under team control. Salazar was the Indians number three starter behind Corey Kluber and Carrasco this year, and very much could be a number three in San Francisco.

Resembling the style of a power pitcher, Salazar gives up limited hits, but will walk guys and gives up handfuls of home runs. Progressive Field and AT&T Park are opposites, and a pitcher’s park will better suit Salazar. Failing to go over 200 strike outs for the year in a hitter’s park, the future is bright for Salazar to see some consistent punch outs and be a perennial 200 plus strike out guy.

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  • Pitching behind Kluber and Carrasco takes pressure off of Salazar. Coming over to San Francisco, Salazar would be in a similar number three role, as he generally does not go deep into games. He only possesses one complete game so far in his career and Bumgarner and Samardzija routinely go deep into games.

    Since he does not possess ace-like material like his teammate Carrasco, throwing in Panik may not be needed. To get him, San Francisco will possibly have to part with the likes of Chris Heston, Angel Pagan, or a couple prospects along with Belt. A good package like that would help the Giants acquire the 25 year old.

    Pitching in the American League in one of the top hitter-friendly divisions, he’s had some success. Making the transition over to AT&T Park would solidify the Giants’ rotation and give Bumgarner the help he deserves.

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