By Chandler Guadagnin
Now that the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline has come and gone; it is officially time to take it all in. When the San Francisco Giants take the field tomorrow in Philadelphia, there will be plenty of new faces.
Going into the last few weeks before the deadline, it became abundantly clear that, if the Giants wanted to keep their even year streak going, they would need some help. Help was exactly what they got. Following the All-Star Break, the Giants have gone a dismal 4 and 11; in the process depleting their lead in the NL West from 6.5 games to, at one point, 1 game. During that stretch, the weaknesses in the Giants bullpen showed through.
As a result, the Giants made it clear that their focus this deadline was to bolster their bullpen. In addition, San Francisco also sured up the infield with the acquisition of AL All-Star utility man, Eduardo Nunez. In all the Giants made deals with three different teams, the Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, and Tampa Bay Rays.
Giants Acquire For
SS Eduardo Nunez LHP Adalberto Mejia
LHP Will Smith C Andrew Susac RHP Phil Bickford
LHP Matt Moore 3B Matt Duffy SS Lucius Fox RHP Michael Santos
Nunez Trade Reaction
Eduardo Nunez comes to the Giants via a trade with the Minnesota Twins. He is listed as a Shortstop however, he can play all over the infield. Nunez will become a free agent at the end of the season. The 29 year old Nunez is having an All-Star season. He is hitting .295 and has an on base percentage of .326. At the time of the trade, Nunez was leading the American League with 26 stolen bases. Since then, he has tacked on two more with the Giants.
Smith Trade Reaction
Will Smith comes to the city by the bay in a swap with the Milwaukee Brewers. Smith has primarily served as a setup man in his career. The Giants shipped away two Top 100 Prospects for Smith. Smith moves to San Francisco with a record 1-3, an ERA of 3.68, and 22 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched. Against Smith this season, left handed hitters have hit at a .316 clip. In contrast, Smith has held right handed hitters to an average of .143.
Moore Trade Reaction
Matt Moore makes the switch from the AL to NL as he previously pitched for the AL East Tampa Bay Rays. This trade was possibly the most shocking of all in that the Giants traded away their everday third baseman in Matt Duffy. Duffy quickly became a fan favorite in San Francisco when he was dubbed “Duffman”. Moore suits up for the Giants with a record of 7-7, an ERA of 4.08, and 109 strikeouts in 130 innings of work. Moore comes from a Tampa Bay team for whom he was a starting pitcher. Moore is under club control potentially for the next three seasons with club options through 2019.
Lucius Fox was ranked by mlb.com as the Giants’ number 3 prospect. Michael Santos is a right handed pitcher and was ranked as the Giants number 24 prospect.