MLB Rumors: Giants looking to add reliever, outfielder; Abad, Kemp & Crawford are possible targets

MLB Rumors: Giants looking to add reliever, outfielder; Abad, Kemp & Crawford are possible targets

The San Francisco Giants are atop the NL West standings with a 44-26 record and it’s an even year which makes them a heavy favorite to win the 2016 World Series. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Giants are “aggressive” in their search for a relief pitcher and an outfielder before the deadline.

The Giants bullpen has a good ERA of 3.85 but it only ranks 15th in the league and sixth best in the National League. On the other hand, Hunter Pence is out until the end of August due to torn hamstring tendon he suffered earlier this month.

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According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the Giants are aggressively looking for a reliever. They reportedly scouted right-hander Kevin Jepsen and left-hander Fernando Abad of the Minnesota Twins recently.

The Twins are expected to be one of the selling teams at the trade deadline with their record of 21-48. Abad has a 2.28 ERA this season while Jepsen is struggling with a 5.46 ERA but he has seven saves.

As for the outfielders, the Giants have been linked with players such as Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, Matt Kemp of the San Diego Padres and free agent Carl Crawford. According to MLB Daily Dish, the Brewers are not ready to trade Braun, who is hitting .312 with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs.

While Kemp is having a good season with a .255 batting average, 15 home runs, and 46 RBIs, he is not on the priority list of targets by the Giants. He is set to make $21.5 million per year until 2019 but the Padres are reportedly willing to pay for some of it for a trade to go through.

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Crawford, on the other hand, was recently released by Los Angeles Dodgers after his struggles this season. In 30 games, the 34-year-old batted .185 with no home runs and just six RBIs. He is still owed $35 million with the Dodgers opted to pay the remainder of his contract.

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