5 Reasons Why San Francisco Giants Should Blow Up Roster After June Swoon

5 Reasons Why San Francisco Giants Should Blow Up Roster After June Swoon

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The San Francisco Giants have officially completed the unthinkable in early MLB action: blowing a 10-game lead in the loss column to achieve the greatest June collapse in franchise history. The Giants now find themselves in a virtual tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the NL West, but aren't equipped to handle the duress of the second half, creating the possibility of a team-altering fire-sale that most fans couldn't fathom.

5. Trading Prospects Will Deplete An Already Depleted Farm System

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5. Trading Prospects Will Deplete An Already Depleted Farm System

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GM Brian Sabean deserves credit for making aggressive deals in past attempts to cultivate World Series-caliber rosters, but it's becoming increasingly apparent the 2014 version of the Giants needs more than a plug-in here and there to become championship-worthy. After surging to 21 games over the .500 mark, trading front-line pitching prospect Kyle Crick in return for a difference-maker seemed possible. Now, it would be blatantly idiotic.

4. Severe Lack of Outfield Depth

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4. Severe Lack of Outfield Depth

Juan Perez San Francisco Giants
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How many more ABs do Giants fans want to see Juan Perez take for the orange and black? If your brain is fully functioning, the obvious answer is zero. The Giants can no longer hold onto false hope that former first-round pick Gary Brown will somehow "make it." Their concerning disregard for positional talent in the outfield prompted a desperate move for Cuban native Daniel Carbonell, their best OF prospect, assuming he can attain a work visa.

3. Aging Pitching Staff With Minimal Upside

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3. Aging Pitching Staff With Minimal Upside

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Make no mistake: the Giants flaunt a solid starting rotation, headlined by Cy Young candidate Madison Bumgarner and career active wins leader Tim Hudson. But the Giants' pitching staff isn't built for the future, especially if they decide to trade Crick. How many more two-year deals averaging more than $19 million per season will the Giants give Tim Lincecum? It's time to plan beyond the short-term and strategize for a future without Timmy.

2. Minimal Trade Chips To Acquire Better Stretch-Run Talent

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2. Minimal Trade Chips To Acquire Better Stretch-Run Talent

Hector Sanchez San Francisco Giants
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At 46-36, the Giants are at a crossroads. They arguably possess a playoff-worthy roster, but aren't built to sustain additional injuries, such as those that x-factor Angel Pagan and former No. 2 hitter Marco Scutaro have endured. They face issues at closer and throughout their lineup, begging the question of whether trading guys like Adam Duvall and Hector Sanchez is worth it. The Giants need to hang onto their chips instead of going all in.

1. Pablo Sandoval Will Not Be Re-Signed

Pablo Sandoval San Francisco Giants
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1. Pablo Sandoval Will Not Be Re-Signed

Pablo Sandoval San Francisco Giants
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Mark these words: the Giants will not re-sign their beloved third baseman. Why? Because he's simply not worth the $90 million contract he seeks. Sandoval's numbers have steadily declined over the course of the past four seasons. He's on the verge of posting a career-low OPS (.732), a figure of which has gone south since 2011. Sandoval boasts value on the trade market, allowing the Giants to acquire future talent for a contract they don't need.

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