The San Francisco Giants are in a good spot right now. They own a 38-34 record, but are only one game out of first in the NL West. They are clearly looking to repeat their World Series championship from last year and are in the heat of the division race. However their roster is starting to thin out as they have lost both Hunter Pence and Nori Aoki to injury, with both players placed on the 15-day DL. It is unclear when either one will be back and the Giants now are rather thin in their outfield. That is why they have reportedly made outfielders a priority on their trade list as the trading deadline draws nearer, as reported by Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Pence has been dealing with injuries all season so the Giants are accustomed to playing without him this year. The loss of Aoki is something they weren’t quite prepared for. The veteran outfielder was playing very well as he had solidified himself as a legitimate top-of-the-order hitter by hitting .317/.383/.385 in 67 games this season and striking out a mere 17 times in 291 plate appearances. Losing him is a huge blow to their already somewhat depleted outfield corps.
The Giants do have some internal options to fill the gap for now. Outfielders Justin Maxwell and Gregor Blanco have done well in the limited playing time they have received this season. So there may not be any reason to panic, but at the same time they are not everyday players and may see their production start to slip as they become more exposed in the coming weeks. Left-handed slugger Brandon Belt also has a little experience in left field but his natural position is first so moving him out of position may not be an ideal option. A trade is not imminent for the Giants but any available outfielder in the coming weeks will most certainly be attractive to the Giants.