Farhan Zaidi on the SF Giants’ trade deadline & state of the roster

Aug 3, 2023, 9:20 AM

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 18: General Manager Farhan Zaidi of the San Francisco Giants looks on dur...

(Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

(Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

The Major League Baseball trade deadline passed on Tuesday afternoon, and there was a sense among San Francisco Giants fans that the team should have made more moves to upgrade its roster.

According to Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, San Francisco’s front office was engaged on all fronts, but there was little activity around the league during this summer’s lackluster trade deadline.

“I don’t know what the broader perception is, but it wasn’t a super-active deadline,” Zaidi said on Tuesday evening. ” A lot of the bigger names that people thought might be moved at the deadline were not. Teams that were kind of on the bubble decided to push in. I think a lot of teams dealt with the same supply-and-demand issue that we did, and we ultimately didn’t line up on anything.”

YouTube video

Zaidi’s lone deadline move was a trade with the Seattle Mariners that brought former All-Star outfielder AJ Pollock and utility-man Mark Mathias into the fold for roster depth.

As several players like infielder Thairo Estrada, who is expected back this weekend in Oakland, and outfielder Mitch Haniger work their ways back from injury, Zaidi stated that internal players’ returns will help the Giants down the final stretch of the season.

“It’s really more just getting our guys back and feeling like our internal options (are good),” he said. “The younger guys have gone through some ups-and-downs, but if we have an injury, we feel confident they can fill the void.”

Along with comments on the returns of players like Estrada and Haniger, Zaidi spoke about the approaching MLB debut of San Francisco’s top prospect, left-handed starting pitcher Kyle Harrison.

“He’s sort of on the accelerated rehab program,” Zaidi said of Harrison on Tuesday. “He was really right on the cusp when he had the hamstring injury, so it’s not going to take much for us to feel like he has checked the last box and is ready to come up here.”

Farhan Zaidi says Kyle Harrison will make his MLB debut soon

With Estrada, Haniger, and Harrison on the way, it seems as if Zaidi and the Giants’ brass are approaching the playoff push with the idea that their internal pieces can get the job done.

Entering play on Thursday, San Francisco (60-49) held sole possession of the National League’s top Wild Card spot while sitting just 2.5 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgeers.

Buckle up, Giants fans. The playoff push is on.

Upcoming San Francisco Giants Schedule

  • Monday, July 31st-Thursday, August 3rd – vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Saturday, August 5th-Sunday, August 6th – @ Oakland Athletics
  • Monday, August 7th-Wednesday, August 9th – @ Los Angeles Angels
  • Friday, August 11th-Sunday, August 13th – vs. Texas Rangers
  • Monday, August 14th-Wednesday, August 16th – vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Thank you for reading Follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.


San Francisco Giants

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Logan Webb #62 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the top...

Field Level Media

Aces duel as Giants, Astros conclude series

Framber Valdez and the Houston Astros close out a three-game set against Logan Webb and the host San Francisco Giants on Wednesday afternoon.

11 hours ago

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 11: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros hits an infield single a...

Field Level Media

Costly error helps Astros knock off Giants

The Houston Astros took advantage of a Matt Chapman error during a 3-1 victory over the host San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

12 hours ago

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 2: Blake Snell #7 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first...

Frankie Cartoscelli

San Francisco Giants Injury Updates: Snell, Cobb & more

The San Francisco Giants shared injury updates for several players, including reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell.

1 day ago

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 10: Yordan Alvarez #44 of the Houston Astros slides safely into th...

Field Level Media

Bullpens could prove key to Giants-Astros series

The San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros will continue their three-game series when the teams meet at Oracle Park on Tuesday night.

1 day ago

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 10: Austin Slater #13 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated...

Field Level Media

Giants score three in 10th inning to edge Astros

The San Francisco Giants rallied to overcome the visiting Houston Astros 4-3 in the opener of a three-game series on Monday night.

1 day ago

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 1: Kyle Harrison #45 of the San Francisco Giants pitches agains...

Frankie Cartoscelli

SF Giants look to bounce back as Astros arrive at Oracle Park

The San Francisco Giants will look to bounce back from Sunday's loss in Texas when the Houston Astros arrive at Oracle Park on Monday.

2 days ago

Farhan Zaidi on the SF Giants’ trade deadline & state of the roster