We're not yet to the half-way point of June, so it's still relatively early for teams to begin seriously discussing trades for significant players. However, this hasn't stopped the San Francisco Giants from "looking hard at the trade market" in search of a starting pitcher, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.
Baseball officials who speak regularly with Giants
decision-makers say they're already looking hard at the trade market in search
of a starter.
"Anybody that's trading pitching, they're on," one
of the officials said. "They want somebody quality."
While he says it's too early to make a "good guess" on who the Giants will eventually target, Knobler notes that San Francisco has been asking about Miami Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco and Bud Norris of the Houston Astros. Both pitchers are expected to be available this summer.
Beyond Nolasco and Norris, Knobler lists the other pitchers that could become available as the trade deadline approaches, including Cliff Lee, Matt Garza and Josh Johnson.
The Giants find themselves behind the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West. They haven't gotten much from Ryan Vogelsong, Matt Cain or Tim Lincecum, and their rotation ranks 24th in MLB with a 4.75 ERA. Barry Zito has been solid at home, and Madison Bumgarner has been good in general, but it looks like San Francisco could attempt to bolster its staff this summer.
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