By John Shea @real_johnshea on April 15, 2014
The San Francisco Giants are off to a solid start to the 2014 MLB season, registering an 8-5 record through two weeks. While the annual trade deadline is far off, the Giants figure to be in the thick of the playoff race in the National League this season. The Giants will face difficult personnel decisions over the next few months and could be forced into a situation where they must part with valued players for the sake of upgrading the roster.
Adrianza was a feel-good story at the start of Spring Training, bashing a home run in the Giants' first exhibition game. He arguably wouldn't have made the Opening Day roster if it weren't for Marco Scutaro suffering nagging lower back pain, which ultimately landed him on the DL. Adrianza has just one hit in 16 at-bats for the Giants this season. He'll be expendable when Scutaro becomes healthy and could net a single-A prospect.
The Giants are faced with a perplexing personnel decision upon the return of left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt, who started the season on the DL. While the team could designate Petit for assignment, they could also give Adrianza the same treatment and opt for a 13-man pitching staff. Petit offers some trade value, though, considering teams' constant need for starting pitching. He could be a commodity when the trade deadline approaches in July.
Several teams reportedly inquired about Hicks during Spring Training, but the Giants didn't budge. San Francisco has seemingly found their short-term fix at second base while Scutaro remains on the shelf. He could prove to be a valuable bench player when Scutaro returns and would also serve as a worthy backup option. If other injuries arise, though, the Giants could be forced to deal Hicks for the sake of plugging another position of need.
Machi has been a rock in middle relief for the Giants since last summer, although his numbers are somewhat deceiving. On paper, Machi looks superb, but he allowed 23 inherited runners to score in 53.0 innings last season. Machi hasn't allowed a run in 5.2 innings so far this season. He boasts decent trade value given his ability to chew up innings. The Giants have bullpen talent at the triple-A level, allowing them to dangle Machi as trade bait.
The most valuable trade chip the Giants own is Sanchez, who has yet to reach his full potential. At 24 years old, Sanchez is talented enough to start behind the dish for some big league clubs. He's off to a somewhat rocky start offensively in 2014 but seldom gets the at-bats needed to develop consistency. Highly coveted catching prospect Anthony Susac is excelling at triple-A, allowing the Giants to entertain the idea of trading Sanchez.
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