To say this MLB season has been weird is a vast understatement. Just weeks ago, the San Francisco Giants looked to be putting a permanent mortgage at the bottom of the NL West standings.
Since, the Giants have won five games in a row and 11 of their past 13, including a four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies. Now, they sit just 2.5 games back of the final NL Wild Card spot.
While many will call for the Giants to stand pat and compete for one final postseason push for manager Bruce Bochy, that's not the right decision. They must sell at the trade deadline and expedite the rebuilding process.
San Francisco has the perfect opportunity to bolster their 28th ranked farm system. In order to do so, it may be time to face reality and move on from impending free agents Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith.
There are plenty of World Series contenders who will throw as many prospects as possible to land an ace like Bumgarner for the second half of the season. This season, Bumgarner's posted a 3.86 ERA and a 4.84 strikeout-to-walk ratio. While many will look at his losing record, that's due to San Francisco's early season struggles and inability to provide him with run support.
Contenders won't only be looking for starting pitching, but also bullpen help. Luckily for the Giants, Smith provides incredible potential for his suitors. Smith has accumulated a 2.75 ERA and 24 saves in 26 opportunities this season. With MLB in the super-bullpen era, you'd have to think Smith will draw quite a return for the Giants.
While yes, making the playoffs is obviously something that teams should strive for. The San Francisco Giants have the best chance to rebuild given the talent they can offer to playoff contending teams. If they pass up on this grand opportunity, the Giants will regret for years to come.