Nightmare Season

With the injury to Austin Slater, who will reportedly miss two to three months meaning possibly the rest of the 2017, the San Francisco Giants 2017 season just keeps getting worse.

Slater tore the adductor muscle in his right hip, joining Christian Arroyo (broken finger by an inside pitch shortly after he was sent back to AAA) and Joan Gregorio (80 game PED suspension), as the Giants’ most promising major league prospects who may well miss the rest of the 2017 season.  The progress that Arroyo and Slater had made this year were among the few bright spots in a season that may see SF end up with the worst record in baseball.

Madison Bumgarner is slated to return the major league club as soon as July 15th, which should help the team somewhat, although finishing with a terrible record and getting a correspondingly high 1st round pick in the 2018 Draft may actually be what the Giants need more than anything at this point.  Also, Bumgarner’s three minor league rehab starts so far have not been cause for great confidence — MadBum has allowed 13 runs, all earned, in 10.2 IP.

Giants’ management has talked about “reloading” this trade deadline, rather than “rebuilding.”  Whatever you want to call it, the Giants need as much as they can get in the trade market and don’t have much of value to send away, unless they are willing to trade franchise player Buster Posey.

The only trade candidate at this moment who appears to have much value is Brandon BeltChris Shaw has gotten hot down at AAA, raising his slash line to .307/.333/.562 with a flurry of hot hitting his last ten games for the Sacramento River Cats, so a Belt trade at the deadline seems a lot more likely than it was a month ago.

Trading away Brandon Belt would certainly hurt the Giants’ Faithful, but at the end of the day fans mainly want to see a winning team, so it should certainly be considered if any good offers come in.

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