Could Marcus Stroman and Tim Anderson Be Exactly What The San Francisco Giants Need?

Could Marcus Stroman and Tim Anderson Be Exactly What The San Francisco Giants Need?

As we inch closer to the August 1st MLB trade deadline, buyers and sellers across the league are finalizing their respective wish lists and preparing to do business. 

 

One team that will certainly be buyers this season is LaMonte Wade Jr.’s San Francisco Giants. After Monday night’s loss, San Francisco has six dropped six a row and are fighting for the final National League Wild Card spot.

They do, however, know exactly how they want to improve their ball club before falling out of the race completely. 

 

San Francisco Giants Want Shortstop & Frontline Starting Pitcher

 

According to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, San Francisco has reportedly “Prioritized” shortstop and a “Significant” starting pitcher as their target upgrades as they look to overtake the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers. 

 

As we saw with their pursuit of Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa and New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge this pervious offseason, the Giants have never been afraid to pursue the biggest stars. This deadline, two of the biggest names available that fit exactly what they are looking for are both currently in Chicago.

 

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Marcus Stroman, Tim Anderson Would Put Giants Over The Top?

 

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Marcus Stroman and Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson are two names that should rate high on San Francisco’s list. Stroman especially, who is extension eligible after this season and would provide another quality arm to a Giants rotation that gets incredibly thin after number two starter Alex Cobb.

 

Stro has been open about his desire to return to Wrigley, and made it be known again after his last start. “At the end of the day, it’s a business so we hav e to treat it as such, even though we have this love for this fan base and this organization,” said Stroman. “It’s hard to kind of separate it at times. I love being a Cub. I love everything about it.”

 

Marcus Stroman Wants To Stay In Chicago, But Cubs Haven’t Offered Him An Extension Despite Cy Young Caliber Season

 

The Cubs are waiting to see how their squad finishes 2023 before deciding their budget for the future, a plan that puts a hold on Marcus and his desire to return. Despite the delay, He still is open to a return. 

 

“No matter what happens, I would hope that they would be in the mix in the offseason when it comes to my free agency. Whatever happens, happens. If I have to go somewhere else and pitch for two months and then come back, you know what I mean?”

 

If he is unable to secure a deal with Chicago, the Giants present a scenario where we could see Stroman be rewarded for his work during the playoff push with a new contract. As for the other area of need, Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox is a player San Fran should be all in on. He struggled to begin the year, but since the All-Star break Anderson has once again looked like the dynamic leadoff man we love. 

 

Over his last 7 games (as of July 23rd) TA is slashing .414/.485/.483 and only struck out four times in his last 29 AB’s. Anderson would be perfect to replace the injured Brandon Crawford and could slide over to second base when Crawford returns like he did in the World Baseball Classic.

The Dodgers are rumored to be interested in Anderson, so a move like this could serve multiple purposes for the Giants.

 

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Anderson would give them a quality hitter at the top of their lineup, setting the tone. Sprinkle in a Cy Young contender like Stroman and this may be a recipe for playoff success. 

Bros On The Move? | These Players Will Be Valuable Additions To Any World Series Contenders

Bros On The Move? | These Players Will Be Valuable Additions To Any World Series Contenders

As baseball resumes its first full week of action since the All-Star break, rumors have begun to swirl about players who could potentially be on the move before the August 1st trade deadline. 

Whether it be teams adding a player they consider the missing piece to a championship run or a squad simply looking for a spark to make the playoffs, you can all but guarantee there will be several marquee names wearing new uniforms by the end of the month.

 

According to MLB Network, these four MLBbros are some of the top candidates to be traded by the deadline. 

 

Marcus Stroman

 

 

Despite his constant reiterations of wanting to sign an extension with the Chicago Cubs, Marcus will more than likely be moved before the August first trade deadline. With the year Stroman is having, barring some drastic change in the Ohtani market he is the best starting pitcher available. 

 

Stroman is 10-6 with a 2.88 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 118.2 innings pitched this year. His 1.09  is 12th amongst pitchers and he still has the most quality starts in baseball. According to reports the Toronto Blue Jays have checked in with the Cubs already about bringing Stro back to The North for their playoff push, and Dusty Baker’s Houston Astros have shown interest as well. 

 

Jack Flaherty 

 

The St. Louis Cardinals have been abysmal this season and have gone from attempting to defend their division crown to what seems like a full rebuild. Team mainstays like Nolan Arenado and Paul Dejong could be gone, and now starting pitcher Jack Flaherty could possibly be moving on as well. 

 

 

 

He has battled injury the past few years, but over his last 7 starts Jack has been strong for the Cardinals, going 4-1 with a 3.54 ERA over 40.2 IP. The Tampa Bay Rays have shown interest in Flaherty, a move that would not only help their injury riddled rotation but also provide mentorship for their young star Taj Bradley. 

 

Tim Anderson

 

The Chicago White Sox have been one of the most disappointing teams in baseball, and to many, Anderson has been the most disappointing player in baseball this season. A combination of off the field issues he has been open with combined with lingering lower leg injuries (he’s had a combination of 10 knee, groin, and hamstring injuries since 2020) have left him a shell of the player poised to take the White Sox back to prominence.

 

 

Once considered by many as the best contact hitter in baseball, Anderson is slashing .227/.226/.200 over his last 7 games and hasn’t hit a home run in a calendar year. The White Sox are attempting to trade him when his perceived value is at its lowest, but that could create the perfect scenario for TA and his next home.

 

Andrew McCutchen 

The consummate vet, who wouldn’t want someone like Cutch on their ball club as you attempt to make that final playoff push. Hitting .267 with 10 homers, 28 RBI and an .801 OPS, as the Pirates have begun to spiral teams have called to check the availability of the 15-year veteran.

 

 

Andrew has said his focus is on stopping the Pirates skid, so it will be interesting to see if the organization would part ways with him again after seemingly welcoming him home for the final time.

MLBbros On The Block? | These Players Could Be Game-Changers For Contending Teams Or Cash Out

MLBbros On The Block? | These Players Could Be Game-Changers For Contending Teams Or Cash Out

With the Aug. 1 trade deadline just two months away, there’s a need to assess which MLBbros could be on the market and who could hold out for a bigger payday in the offseason. 

 

On the trade market?

 

One of the most notable players to potentially be on the trade market is the White Sox’s shortstop, Tim AndersonAnderson has been plagued by injuries since 2019, having at least one stint on the 10-day injured list over the past four seasons.

 

 

Although fighting through injuries, Anderson has been named a two-time all-star and an AL slugger in that span. 

 

With his contract coming to a close at the end of the 2023 season, all eyes are on Anderson to see if he’ll be dealt at the All-Star break, as he’s shown that he can still lead a team and produce productive at-bats and make plays at shortstop. 

 

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This past offseason was the shortstop merry-go-round with top infield captains joining new teams. But with teams like the Braves losing their star shortstop Dansby Swanson and still potentially looking to upgrade their middle infield play, this is one of the potential landing spots for Anderson. 

 

With Gavin Lux tearing his ACL in February, the Dodgers could look to add Anderson and pair him with MLBbro Mookie Betts, but the Dodgers also could look solely for another outfielder with Betts’ proven ability to play short and second base. The Dodgers and Braves are just two high-profile teams that could be good fits for Anderson and have the mindset of winning immediately. 

 

The next player that could be on the trade block is Jordan Hicks

 

The right-handed reliever’s win and loss column (0-3) doesn’t dictate his performances on the mound as he’s accumulated a 4.07 ERA out of the bullpen through 23 appearances and 24 1/3 innings pitched. He’s also given up zero earned runs over his last nine appearances and allowed an earned run in just six outings this season. 

 

 

But because the 26-year-old is only signed to a one-year, just under $2 million contract in early 2023, his contract is easily negotiable for teams like the Rays, Orioles, Mets, Phillies, Diamondbacks and Dodgers for a relief pitcher who can be added to the bullpen to help give starters more breathing room while also giving Hicks a test run and decide if they bring him back this offseason.

 

Payday incoming?

 

Marcus Stroman is having a Cy Young caliber year, and his exceptional performance could earn him a lot of extra cash. 

 

The Cubs have increased their anticipated 2023 payroll from last year’s $147 million to $188 million, signaling a will to win in the National League Central division.

 

 

Stroman currently sits at a 2.39 ERA which is the seventh best in the Majors. The 32-year-old has started 13 games, hurling 79 innings and striking out 68 batters. 

 

In December 2021, Stroman signed a three-year, $71 million deal with the Cubs with an opt-out after the second season. The right-hander will make $25 million in 2022, $25 million in 2023 and $21 million in 2024, and the deal includes $2 million escalators for reaching 160 innings pitched in ’22 and ’23.

 

With the opt-out after 2023 looming, the Stro Show continues to increase his odds of deciding against the $4 million less in 2024 and negotiate to rework a contract with the Cubs, who are currently second to last in the NL Central, or he could choose to offer his talents to a team that could contend for a title in the near future. 

 

LaMonte Wade Jr. has assumed the role of first baseman for the San Francisco Giants this season after Brandon Belt elected to head to Toronto in last year’s free agency. 

 

This season, the MLBbro has played 45 of his 63 games at first base while maintaining a .989 fielding percentage, as the new anchor at the hot corner in San Francisco. Wade has also been productive at the plate, batting .285 with eight homers and 19 RBI. 

 

 

The successful season 2023 campaign might force the Giants’ hand to cement a contract with 29-year-old Wade as the depth chart behind him has utility infielder Wilmer Flores and primary third baseman J.D. Davis. 

 

Wade signed a one-year, $1.375 million deal in early 2023 as he was coming off a down year in 2022 where he wasn’t fully recovered from a knee injury.  Now fully healthy, Wade could be in for a hefty payday if he keeps proving that he’s better and healthier than ever. 

 

Let’s see if any of these MLBbros will be on the move.

Trade These Bros | Quality MLBbros Could Be Moved To A Playoff Contender

Trade These Bros | Quality MLBbros Could Be Moved To A Playoff Contender

As we creep closer to the MLB Trade Deadline talks around the sport have been quiet as around 80% of teams are in contention for a playoff spot.  However, here are a few MLBbros flying under the radar that could be moved and make an impact in the postseason race.

1. Michael A. Taylor

Michael A. Taylor made one of this season’s top plays when he robbed a home run against the Cardinals back in May.  

 

 

That was the beginning of his campaign to earn the first Gold Glove award of his career, and he has continued to build on that with four outfield assists and a 0.9 defensive WAR which ranks fourth among American League center fielders.

The Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers are two teams that should be in on Taylor.

Taylor, who is batting .271 with 23 RBI and five home runs, fills a major whole for a Phillies team that has gone years without having a solid outfield backing up an always suspect bullpen.

They signed two home run hitting sluggers over the offseason, which helps them get off fireworks but not so much when it comes to plays needing to be made with the game on the line in a tough National East division where every game will matter at the end.

 

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The Texas Rangers, who are 4-16 in one run games entering Thursday are another team that could use Michael Taylor on both defense and for his right-handed bat.

After bringing in a half a billion-dollar infield including 2021 MLBbro.com Player of the Year Marcus Semien, they told the baseball world they are ready to make the push towards being contenders.

Taylor knows what it takes to get the job during “Money Time” in the fall. He won the 2019 World Series with the Washington Nationals and hit a home run in his first ever World Series at-bat. Having Taylor covering ground in Arlington would instantly make the Rangers one of the best defensive outfield groups, especially when it comes to throwing the baseball in the Majors.

 

2. Jo Adell

The relationship between Jo Adell and the Angels needs to end so Adell can become his best self.

 

 

Before the season the organization made it known they wanted to see Jo Adell get a full year of time in the Majors, but that hasn’t been the case with him already being sent to Triple-A twice, including the last time on June 11th when he was 6-for-12 with two doubles, two walks and two runs driven in the four games before his demotion.

He has since been on fire while in Salt Lake, including hitting a homer on the Fourth of July to cap off a strong weekend at the plate.

The Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants should each make a push for Adell.

The Angels are seven games out of the final Wild Card spot so it is not clear whether they will be buyers or sellers.  If they do not see a future with Adell, they could try to sell him off while playing some of his best baseball in order to get his greatest value.

The O’s are one of the most fun young teams in baseball and even with their newly raised left field wall I think the situation could bring a spark to Adell while in a lineup where the rest of the guys are still wanting to find themselves.

Both the Mariners and Giants have underperformed this season particularly in their outfields and from the right side of the plate. The Giants, who have found success using the platoon system the past few seasons, would be a perfect fit.

 

3. Mycal Givens

Bullpens are where baseball games are ultimately won and lost so whenever a solid reliever is on the market, EVERY team in the Majors should make a call.

 

 

Mycal Givens of the Chicago Cubs has not given up a run in his last seven games.  Over that span he has 10 strikeouts in nine innings and only issued two walks.

His record on the season sits at an unblemished 4-0 with a 3.34 ERA. The fact that this MLBbro’s Cubs are 10 games behind in the National Central and looking to rebuild is no fault of this rising star. Givens could find himself pitching in crucial innings come September and July.