Giants eyeing Seattle righty Iwakuma?

July 25

SAN FRANCISCO — A high-ranking Seattle Mariners talent evaluator followed the Giants here from San Diego. Given the proximity of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, I highly doubt that this gentleman is comparing the quality of the concessions at AT&T Park and San Diego’s Petco Park.

More likely, the M’s scout is pondering which Giants might be worth asking for in a trade involving right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, who’s said to be available in the right deal. The 34-year-old is among the Mariners’ most attractive commodities available in trade — which would suit the Giants as they strive to add a reliable starter to their rotation.

Iwakuma, who has missed most of the season with a strained lat muscle behind his right shoulder, has looked healthy lately. He has accumulated 20 2/3 innings in his last three starts while allowing only four earned runs (ERA in this stretch: 1.74), walking four and striking out 18.

Here’s what doesn’t fit: The Giants typically avoid “renting” players who are poised to become free agents. Iwakuma, who’s earning $7 million in the final year of a three-year deal, would be affordable for the rest of the season. But any club acquiring him would do so while knowing that he very well could be just a short-term asset. For the Giants, who have grown accustomed to winning, a brief boost might be all they want.

Chris Haft


If they are serious about picking up a starter, that implies that they don’t think Hudson is showing enough to convince them to not to DL Hudson for August. I would guess that they are kicking the tires on Iwakuma just in case they need to put Hudson back on the DL.

Hamels is who the Giants need if they are serious about winning in 2015

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