MLB Rumors: Giants Might Only Get ‘Grade C Prospects' for Relievers

The Giants have three relievers that other teams covet.

Will Smith, Tony Watson and Sam Dyson have all been mentioned in trade rumors this month. But a problem has come up.

The Giants have come out of the All-Star break on fire and have put themselves in the middle of the NL Wild Card race. Their hot streak will almost certainly delay Farhan Zaidi's decision to buy or sell.

If Zaidi is forced to wait, the market could be flooded with options for teams, driving down the price.

As ESPN's Buster Olney writes, that could hurt the return the Giants get for Smith, Watson or Dyson.

"Some executives believe that by the time we get to the last hours before the trade deadline, there will be a lot of starting pitchers and relievers available, and if that's the case, then it could depress the possible return that the Giants or any other seller would get. It's possible, one evaluator indicated, that if San Francisco decided to unload some relievers, it might get offered Grade C prospects."

Zaidi had hoped to use the trio of relievers and ace Madison Bumgarner to replenish the Giants' farm system. But now, it's not certain that the Giants will be sellers before the July 31 trade deadline. If they do indeed decide to sell, it will most likely come after their two upcoming series' with the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres.

[RELATED: Bumgarner could reject trade to stay]

But by then, it might be too late for Zaidi to get the top prospects he covets.

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