By John Shea @real_johnshea on June 1, 2014
After dominating the cross-division rival St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend, the San Francisco Giants have seemingly proven themselves as the best team in baseball through the first two months of the season. San Francisco flaunts a roster with significant World Series experience and is capable of registering a third title triumph, given some additional help. The Giants must tweak their roster before the trade deadline in order to do so.
Adrianza has supplied the Giants with stellar defense in limited action, registering a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 22.0 innings. At 24 years old, Adrianza was a preseason trade candidate. He's out of minor league options, which means the Giants will look to move the slick middle infielder this summer, assuming Marco Scutaro is able to fully recover from a lingering back problem. Adrianza owns a .146 batting average in 48 at-bats in 2014.
The Giants have been unofficially linked to Chicago Cubs' staff ace Jeff Samardzija, who would potentially allow the team to blow up the NL West. In order to acquire Samardzija, the Giants would need to part with several talented young pitchers, one of whom could be Dunning. The Giants' farmhand has been solid in limited big league action, posting a cumulative 2.77 ERA in 26 innings, dating back to 2013. At 25 years old, he's big league ready.
The Giants have big hopes for Brown, who hasn't developed into the top-tier type of player they envisioned when scouts deemed him worthy of a first-round selection in the 2010 first-year player draft. San Francisco's outfield is crowded, considering long-term contracts to Angel Pagan, Hunter Pence and the inevitable re-signing of Michael Morse. Brown boasts trade value. He owns a career .758 OPS with 112 stolen bases in five minor league seasons.
Sanchez could be a legitimate everyday catching option for some ball clubs. At 24 years old, Sanchez has yet to reach his full major league potential. As a backup to Buster Posey, Sanchez will see increasingly limited playing time as the season progresses. San Francisco boasts a veteran option at triple-A Fresno in Guillermo Quiroz and have top prospect Andrew Susac on the way. Sanchez owns a .259 batting average in 475 career at-bats since 2011.
The most controversial trade chip the Giants possess is Crick, the organization's top prospect and supposed future ace. The Giants once traded a top pitcher (Zach Wheeler) for Carlos Beltran in hopes of winning a championship. They could be faced with a similar dilemma this summer, especially if they wish to acquire Samardzija. At 21 years old, Crick is already a beast. He averages 10.9 SO/9 with a 2.55 ERA in 216 innings of minor league action.
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