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San Francisco Giants Rumors: 5 Whispers a Month Before Trade Deadline

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San Francisco Giants Rumors: 5 Whispers a Month Before Trade Deadline

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As usual, Giants GM Brian Sabean is keeping his cards close to the chest throughout the annual process of mid-season trade negotiations. San Francisco has scuffled as of late, dropping 15 of 20 games to witness their NL West lead dissolve to a half-game over the Los Angeles Dodgers, forcing the front office into a precarious position. The Giants might be good enough to hang around but don't have the depth needed to run away with the division.

5. Kyle Crick Will Not Be Traded

Kyle Crick San Francisco Giants
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5. Kyle Crick Will Not Be Traded

Kyle Crick San Francisco Giants
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The Giants' epic first-half collapse has made one decision significantly easier for Sabean and Co.: Crick, the organization's top prospect, will not be traded. Premature trade speculation made Crick a primary point of the Giants' mid-season activity, but the future staff ace will likely remain in orange and black, barring an unforeseen change. Baseball America currently ranks Crick as the 32nd best prospect in all of the minor leagues.

4. David Price Has Been Ruled Out

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4. David Price Has Been Ruled Out

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It's not uncommon for scout teams to take a look at highly prized players presumed to be available on the trade front, regardless of actual interest. The Giants are no exception. Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times recently reported the Giants are "in the mix" for Price, although that sentiment was based entirely on scouts' presence at past starts. As ESPN's Buster Olney notes, the Giants do not have the resources needed to acquire the Rays' ace.

3. Jeff Samardzija & Jason Hammel Are Possibilities

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3. Jeff Samardzija & Jason Hammel Are Possibilities

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If the Giants are interested in bolstering their rotation this summer, the two most probable options currently reside in Chicago. The re-emergence of Tim Lincecum, who has now posted back-to-back scoreless starts of eight-plus innings for the first time in his career, has made acquiring another starter somewhat less of a priority for San Francisco. The Giants had interest in Hammel over the offseason and have been also been linked to Samardzija.

2. Bullpen Help Will Be Prioritized

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2. Bullpen Help Will Be Prioritized

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The Giants have a knack for under-the-radar pickups that don't generate headlines but make a big time difference. Mid-season bullpen acquisitions aren't often flashy unless they involve a name-brand closer, but the Giants will assuredly improve their already established contingency of late-inning relievers. Bastardo is a legitimate possibility. The 28-year-old veteran owns a 1.226 WHIP while averaging 11.0 K/9 in 38.1 innings this season.

1. Daniel Murphy is Trade Target No. 1

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1. Daniel Murphy is Trade Target No. 1

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The Giants' most sought-after mid-season pickup this summer is current Mets starting second baseman Daniel Murphy, who will be difficult to pry from New York. GM Sandy Alderson supposedly wants to hold onto Murphy, but his position is bound to flip-flop. Alderson held a similar mindset in regard to Marlon Byrd last season before dishing him to Pittsburgh. The Giants need a legitimate second baseman to permanently supplant Marco Scutaro's absence.