The Giants have been connected to the Phillies as a possible option for their late-inning relievers, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. This summer appears to be the summer of relievers, as names like Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Aroldis Chapman, and David Robertson could be available. However, as exemplified by the Cubs trade for Mike Montgomery, even the not-so-flashy names can net a solid return. In the case of David Hernandez, he’ll bring back a return of 21-year-old right-hander Michael Santos. Since beginning his pro career with the Giants, Santos has developed into one of their more promising pitchers. MLB Pipeline has Santos rated as the 20th-best prospect in the Giants farm system, and project his ceiling as a mid-rotation starter. His fastball currently sits in the low-mid 90s, while he also possesses an adequate repertoire of secondary pitches. If Santos is able to add some more strength, he’ll certainly be able to reach his projected ceiling.
Meanwhile, Hernandez adds more stability to San Francisco’s bullpen. Aside from Sergio Romo in the eighth inning and Santiago Casilla in the ninth-inning, there’s uncertainty in the Giants bullpen. Given the pattern of San Francisco’s success over the past half-decade, if the Giants feel that they can win the World Series this year, they’ll go to any measure to make sure that they enhance their chances.