Usually in years in which the Giants are competitive, the trade deadline proves to be a crucial point in their season. In 2010, Cody Ross was acquired and ended up being a playoff hero. In 2012, Marco Scutaro played the same role and propelled the Giants to another title. In 2014, Jake Peavy was acquired to shore up the rotation and did a fantastic job. Even in years where a title was not brought back to the Bay Area, like in 2011 when Carlos Beltran was acquired, the Giants are active in improving their roster at the deadline.
However, this year might be different. After beating the A’s 7-1 last night, the Giants are 50-46 and are a mere 3 games out of first place in the NL West. After a large amount of injuries, the Giants have exposed that their young players are for real, with Andrew Suarez, Dereck Rodriguez, Alen Hanson, and now Steven Duggar and Ray Black showing that they can be real Major League contributors. This is all before the returns of All-Stars Even Longoria and Joe Panik in the infield. So what do the Giants do? They seem to have young talent and plenty of good veterans that cannot be improved upon much without giving up far too much. Standing pat might not be such a bad thing.
When examining the trade market, there are plenty of intriguing pieces like Manny Machado, Chris Archer, and others. However, for the price that is being asked, it is not worth the Giants inquiring about any of the top names. Without many good prospects, the Giants also cannot vastly improve their roster without parting with their top young talent. In order to potentially get another relief arm, for example, it would most likely require packaging a top prospect like Heliot Ramos with lesser ones or part with multiple mid tier prospects like Jacob Gonzalez, both of which were drafted last year. The Giants must of course still monitor the trade market, but their current roster construction seems chock full of depth and does not need any adjustments.
If healthy, the Giants are one of the better teams in the National League. To see what this Giants team is really capable of they need to get all of their players back on the field, namely Longoria and Panik. However, even with all the injuries, the Giants keep finding young players to plug the holes. The pitching rotation is now pretty young with the additions of Suarez and Rodriguez and Madison Bumgarner is just 27. The bullpen has two legit young arms in Ray Black and Reyes Moronta and they infield depth of Alen Hanson and outfield corps of Austin Slater and Steven Duggar is young and projectable. Making the big move always seems like the best idea, but the Giants have so much depth and that is more difficult than getting a star.