MLB Trade Deadline 2022: Who Hunter Pence Thinks Giants Should Target – NBC Sports | Gmx Pharm

buyer? Salesperson? Somewhere inbetween? What the Giants will do ahead of Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline remains to be seen.

The 2022 season in San Francisco has certainly been disappointing and the team has several strengths that could attract exciting young prospects. On the other hand, the Giants are just four games behind the Philadelphia Phillies for the third and final NL wildcard spot ahead of Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Former Giants outfielder Hunter Pence joined 95.7 The Game’s Mark Willard and Joe Shasky on the Garlic Fries and Baseball Guys podcast, where he discussed why San Francisco co-ace Carlos Rodón shouldn’t trade and how the team should attack the upcoming deadline.

“When you trade with Rodón, it’s a ripple effect, a message,” Pence said. “No matter what you get back, it helps right now, you’re not going to win a World Series. We’re the San Francisco Giants, we’re an incredible organization, we have a strong fan base and we’ve got a Carlos Rodón and a Logan Webb that you can go into the playoffs with and be like this is our #1, that is our #2, come and get some. If you trade Rodon, you lose this.

“I don’t care who you get, don’t do that buy/sell thing. I’m so passionate about it. And by the way, we’re three games away, whatever the case, you don’t get opportunities for post-season runs do you have No. 1’s and No. 2’s like that very often. And the Giants can win every year – we have the support for that. So for me, you reinforce this team. We lose a run games, we play a little bad defense These are things that can be fixed.

Pence believes that by being buyers as of deadline, the Giants could inspire confidence in a roster that hasn’t had many reasons to be confident in recent weeks. There’s one name Pence thinks might go well with San Francisco.

“These players aren’t robots, they’re not just going to be their stats,” Pence explained. “You ripple and inspire them all when you buy and have faith and you’re like, ‘You know what? We’re coming to win this year’ because there’s an opportunity to get into the playoffs with one [Carlos] Rodón and a Logan Webb and the bullpen. …Add an arm or two, add a good defender, get a Joey Gallo that fits in really well here that you don’t have to give away the farm for.

“He’s going to do a lot of things, he’s going to play some crazy defence, he’s got one of the strongest arms and he helps the pitching team and sends a message to these players and the city, ‘Hey, we’re coming down to burn it, ’cause that’s what we do and we have the team to do it.’ “

The biggest name available before the deadline is Washington Nationals superstar Juan Soto, who the Giants have reportedly expressed some level of interest in, but they’re probably not one of the serious contenders to call at this point to take a step for him. San Francisco would pay a premium Pence doesn’t think is necessary. Instead, the two-time world champion believes his former team must take steps to address the bullpen and clean up shaky outfield defenses.

“You’re not selling the farm for a Juan Soto,” Pence added. “What you’re doing is finding a way to find some bullpen arms to bolster that bullpen, especially a left-hander coming in who’s a veteran, which could also bring more confidence to the other young bullpen arms , which means: ‘I’ve got left-handers out. ‘ Get another left-hander and you may have to give up a prospect who’s an average major league player or maybe a plus major league player [prospects] because that will be when you do the Juan Soto thing. You get a helper, you might have to give up a bit of farm, but we can pick that up free. You go out and get another racquet, outfield defense, sew up left field defense.”

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As a former Deadline acquisition, Pence knows exactly what a boost a trade can give to a team battling for a playoff spot. Pence himself provided a spark that played a big part in the 2012 and 2014 championships in San Francisco, and he believes a similar move can cheer this year’s team.

Will the Giants make another Pence-like move, or will they sell valuable assets and retool for next season? We’ll find out in less than 24 hours.

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