Despite winning the NL West for the first time since 2012, the San Francisco Giants don’t look like they are an exceptionally strong team entering 2022. The Giants were viewed as a team that would be similar to the Colorado Rockies in 2021, not a team that would win 107 regular-season games.
But the Giants have one of the oldest teams in baseball (oldest in all of baseball for position players and third-oldest in the NL for pitchers) so it is definitely reasonable to assume that they will not win 107 games in 2022. The Giants have already lost their franchise catcher and, perhaps, future Hall of Famer Buster Posey due to retirement and their only addition was starter Alex Cobb.
Even if the Rockies regress in the win column, the Dodgers will continue to be the Dodgers, the Padres will be better than they were for the final four months of the season, and the D-Backs likely won’t lose 111 games in 2022.
But the Colorado Rockies have said that they plan on adding this offseason, whenever the lockout ends because they think they can be playoff contenders in 2022. As GM Bill Schmidt said, “[t]here are pieces here to win. We just need more pieces.”
Schmidt has said that they are open to making some trades as well, which was the genesis of our trade targets series.
The San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies are unlikely to make a big trade
Given the state of each team and considering that they are divisional rivals, the San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies are unlikely to make a big deal between each other. That’s not to say it won’t happen (the Rockies sent former All-Star Ellis Burks to the Giants in July 1998) but since then, they have made one trade and one trade that was a “conditional deal” so a deal is unlikely to happen, or be a big one.
Here are three trade targets from the San Francisco Giants that the Colorado Rockies should further examine.