May 26, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence (8) holds onto his hat during the playing of the national anthem before the start of the game against the Chicago Cubs at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants rumors: Want to trade for starting pitcher

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The San Francisco Giants have won two of the previous four World Series titles and have done so on the back of elite starting pitching. They may no longer have the lights out staff they once had, but for most of the season the San Francisco Giants ran roughshod over the rest of the National League.

Despite a near-historic hiccup in June, the Giants sit a half game behind the Washington Nationals as the best team in the National League and will undoubtebly be buyers come the Major League Baseball trade deadline. So what’s to be first on their priority list? Likely starting pitching, this according to Hank Schulman who notes the most recent injury to Matt Cain as to why San Francisco will explore the pitching market.

No matter how well Petit does, I have to think that a starter just rose to No. 1 on general manager Brian Sabean’s trade priority list.

You can get a nice second baseman or outfielder, but the Giants have built a 55-44 record with the hitters they have, and eventually you have to believe Angel Pagan will be back.

The San Francisco Giants have been linked as a team who could enter the David Price sweepstakes, though given the return needed and the lack of upper echelon prospects in the Giants system such a deal doesn’t seem plausible. The more likely scenario would be adding a middle-of-the-road arm who can be placed in the rotation when needed and pitch out of the bullpen when everybody is healthy.

In recent days the Giants have also been linked to Jake Peavy, though they would likely request the Boston Red Sox pay a significant portion of his salary if such a deal was to be made.

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