MLB rumors: Giants are not currently trading futures sellers despite skids

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Despite the Giants’ seven-game losing streak after the All-Star break, the front office reportedly has no intention of selling at the upcoming Aug. 2 close.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Thursday, citing sources, that San Francisco currently intends to hold on to its pair of NL All-Stars in outfielder Joc Pederson and starting pitcher Carlos Rodón. The Giants tell opposing teams they won’t be sellers.

With both players on expiring contracts — it’s almost a guarantee Rodón will turn down the 2023 player option on his contract and become a full free agent this winter — they represent San Francisco’s most desirable assets should the Giants decide to sell.

Rodón, who led a 3.18 ERA and 2.42 FIP in the league this season, would be three of the best guns in the trade market along with the Cincinnati Reds’ Luis Castillo and Oakland Athletics’ Frankie Montas.

Pederson’s left-handed hitter would be welcome in any lineup as the Giants’ leader in home runs (17) and slugging percentage (.496).

However, as Olney reports, San Francisco currently wants to retain both assets and fight for a playoff spot. The Giants, who enter Thursday’s games list, are two games under .500 and 3 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the third and final National League wild card.

As NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic wrote, adding a left-handed assist or two is their number one need if the Giants decide to purchase.

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The Giants have five contests before the close to prove their front office is right. San Francisco begins Thursday night at 6:45 p.m. with a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs.

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