The last place San Francisco Giants have an opportunity to beef up their offense as the trade deadline approaches.
San Francisco dropped to 26-45 Sunday after losing four consecutive games to the Rockies. The Giants have lost 12 of their last 16 games, posting a collective .241 batting average while opponents are hitting .271 against them.
Problems are coming from all parts of the field for San Francisco this year. The bats have been inconsistent, the bullpen continues to struggle with holding on to leads, and no starting pitcher holds an ERA below .400. Although the season is likely over for the Giants, they should still utilize the trade deadline to improve their roster for the future and hopefully end the season on a higher note.
That’s where third baseman Eduard Nunez comes in.
After a slow start, Nunez has woken up offensively with a strong .368 batting average for the month of June. His current slash line for the year stands at .300/.324/.416./.740, one of the best offensive producers for San Francisco overall.
Nunez is currently listed as day-to-day with hamstring soreness, which caused him to miss the last two games in Colorado.
Nunez is the perfect player for San Francisco to shop because he is skillful enough to draw interest yet not vital to the Giants’ roster. His defensive capabilities are good but nothing special, and with injury threatening to kill his hot streak at the plate, there’s nothing keeping San Francisco from trading Nunez for a better batter.
As far as trade partners, the Giants should ideally look to negotiate with the New York Yankees or the Houston Astros. Both organizations are likely playoff bound this year and offer a number of promising prospects that could help the Giants return to their winning ways down the line.
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