In the final year with Bruce Bochy at the helm, the San Francisco Giants have spent the majority of the season in the basement of the NL West. Farhan Zaidi and the Giants front office have their minds set on a rebuild to strengthen their weak farm system.
Despite having won 11 of their last 13 games and finally climbing out of last in the division, the Giants still are in a selling mode, with starter Madison Bumgarner, All-Star closer Will Smith, and lefty reliever Tony Watson among the pieces that could be dealt.
The Twins, Braves, and Yankees, just to name a few, have all been mentioned as potential trade destinations for Bumgarner, who is about to turn 30. With a sub-4.00 ERA and as decorated a playoff resume as anyone in the league right now, they should have no problem finding a team willing to take a chance on him.
The Milwaukee Brewers, who have a strong back end of their bullpen already between Jeremy Jeffress and All-Star Josh Hader, could look to form an unhittable trio between the pair and Smith. While the Brewers system isn't extremely deep, and top prospect Keston Hiura isn't going anywhere, the interest in Smith has not died down.
It's going to be difficult for Zaidi and the Giants to rip the Band-Aid off and start over, but trading Bumgarner, Smith, Watson, and even Mark Melancon could help accelerate the Giants' rebuild.