July 25, 2024

Sep 19, 2023; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher Tanner Scott (66) pitches against the New York Mets in the ninth inning at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants seemed to be regaining momentum, but after dropping two consecutive one-run games to the Cleveland Guardians, they now stand at 5-5 in their last 10 games.

Despite some struggles this season, the Giants are only 3.5 games out of a Wild Card spot and are well-positioned to make a push for the final position, with several key players expected to return from the IL soon.

Overall, San Francisco hasn’t had an outstanding season, with neither offense nor defense particularly excelling, which provides the front office with a clear idea of what they might need at the trade deadline.

A key area for any playoff-aspiring team to strengthen is the bullpen. The Giants’ relief staff has struggled, posting a 4.34 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP, allowing 133 walks, and being tied for the fourth-most home runs given up.

There will be options at the trade deadline, and according to Craig Mish of The Miami Herald, Tanner Scott, one of the top relief pitchers in baseball, is “expected” to be traded, as he is the Miami Marlins’ top trade candidate.

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“The Marlins’ lone All-Star is on an expiring contract, which means he will become a free agent at the end of the 2024 season. The left-hander has been a dominant force in the ninth inning and could be a fit for any club in contention. About a dozen teams have inquired about Scott. He will likely be traded soon, but for now, he will wear a Marlins jersey next Tuesday night at the mid-summer classic in Arlington,” wrote Mish.

Scott’s price is uncertain due to his impending free agency. While relief pitchers are always tricky to price, Scott has been exceptional for two consecutive years, posting a 1.42 ERA and 1.08 WHIP this season after a 2.31 ERA and 0.99 WHIP last year.

San Francisco has other needs, so depending on the price, Scott might not be their primary target. However, if they can acquire a top-tier reliever at a reasonable cost, it could significantly bolster their bullpen.

Landing one of the best available pitchers could address some of their key issues and improve their playoff chances.

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