The Giants might be buyers at the trade deadline. Here’s who they could target

Click through the slideshow above to see a list of potential Giants’ trade targets.

Late Friday afternoon, national MLB reporter Jon Morosi tweeted a report that got approximately zero people talking.

“#SFGiants have inquired to #BlueJays about Eric Sogard,” Morosi wrote. “Giants ideally would prefer a controllable infielder, and Sogard is a free agent after this year, so this suggests Farhan Zaidi truly is open to short-term buying if price is right.”

For those unfamiliar, Eric Sogard is a 33-year-old infielder with a career .247/.317/.340 batting line. He’s having a nice season — his 10 home runs this season are nearly half of his career total — but Sogard is the sort of player that doesn’t require much more than a low-level minor leaguer to acquire. Indeed, the Rays ended up acquiring Sogard Sunday afternoon in exchange for two players to be named later.

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As Morosi indicates in this tweet, if the Giants are to be short-term buyers in this trade market instead of the sellers they were widely believed to be just a few weeks prior, it’s likely this is the sort of player the team will look for: veterans with a year or two left on their contracts.

These types of players might not be bonafide game-changers, but they’ll be able to plug a hole and up the Giants’ chances at a Wild Card run without requiring the team to sacrifice anything significant from their farm system.

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In the spirit of Morosi’s report, we put together a list of players that the Giants could conceivably target. We looked mostly at starting pitchers due to President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi’s comments in a KNBR interview, where he noted the team was seeking starting pitching depth.

Morosi’s report indicates the Giants might be looking at position players in positions of need, so we picked out a couple of bats that might make sense at the right price.

Michael Rosen and Eric Ting are SFGate staff writers. Emails: and

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