After several seasons of mediocrity, the San Francisco Giants became big spenders in the offseason. The team gave big contracts to Gold Glove winner Matt Chapman, Cy Young winner Blake Snell, Korean outfielder Jung Hoo Lee, and power hitter Jorge Soler. The results so far have been mixed.

The team is 23-25. Chapman has been mediocre, Snell is on the IL, Hoo Lee is out for the year with a shoulder injury, and Soler is batting .211. There is still plenty of time for San Francisco to assert itself in the National League, but here are three trades the Giants must make after a slow start.

Giants needs


Korean signing Jung Hoo Lee is out for the year, with Austin Slater and Michael Conforto joining him on the IL. The team is also 21st in MLB in runs scored, with no regular outfielder posting an OPS better than .700. Adding a versatile center fielder who can slot in elsewhere once Hoo Lee returns is the ideal addition here, though a low-cost offensive-minded OF is the most realistic option.


The team's bullpen ERA of 4.62 is 25th among MLB clubs and the Giants' relievers rarely put elite closer Camilo Doval in positions where he is protecting a lead. Adding more consistent high-leverage arms in the pen will help SF take advantage of Doval's talent.

Giants trade proposals

SS Walker Martin and C Onil Perez to the Miami Marlins for outfield Jazz Chisholm

As the Miami Marlins enter yet another rebuild, the Giants could look to add the bat of Jazz Chisholm to jump-start a struggling offense.  Chisholm has alluring 30-30 tools, as he has averaged 27 homers and 31 stolen bases per 162 games in his career. But the reality is the talented Marlins outfielder can rarely stay healthy. He has played 281 of 486 possible games over the last three seasons. Chisholm also has a career strikeout rate of nearly 30%. Jazz's strikeout rate is down this year and his walk rate is up, but he has also experienced a slight decline in home runs and stolen bases.

Chisholm is a risky trade target, but he is the type of player who can slot in at second base or center field and provide a boost with Jung Hoo Lee out for the year. Even once Hoo Lee returns in 2025, Chisholm carries two more years of team control, and with his versatility, he can be a building block in the San Francisco lineup for years to come. The Giants will likely need to part with a top hitting prospect, but with number one prospect Marco Luciano projecting to slot in at shortstop for years to come, number four prospect Walker Martin — another shortstop — becomes redundant.

RHP Carson Seymour to Detroit Tigers for OF/DH Mark Canha

Not every acquisition can be a splashy trade for a flashy All-Star. Mark Canha has been a steady performer throughout his career and this year has been no different. Though the 35-year-old has slowed down after a hot start, he still has a solid .773 OPS and his .360 on-base percentage is currently 12th in the American League. Canha has the flexibility to slot in at either corner outfield spot or first base, plus has 16 appearances at designated hitter in 2024. With his reliable bat and defensive flexibility, Mark Canha is a good low-cost option for the Giants to replace their lost outfield depth.

San Francisco should be able to get Canha for a mid-level pitching prospect like Carson Seymour.

OF Wade Meckler to the Oakland Athletics for RHP Lucas Erceg

Closer Camilo Doval is a perfect 8-8 in save chances but with the Giant's weak bullpen, he is rarely in a position to secure the game for the Giants. San Francisco's eight saves on the year are tied for the third-fewest in Major League Baseball.

Mason Miller is the big bullpen name in Oakland, as the rookie has electrified at the MLB level. But A's set-up man Lucas Erceg has been just as good. The converted shortstop went nine straight appearances without allowing a run to end April during which opponents batted .036 while striking out 13 times in 9.2 innings. Lucas Erceg has been a consistent eighth-inning guy for Oakland this year, and with Doval performing well as the closer for San Fran, Erceg can immediately slot in as a key high-leverage arm.