Welp, that was a bit awkward.
During the second inning of Tuesday night’s broadcast between the Giants and Dodgers, mere hours after the 3 p.m. PT MLB trade deadline, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi joined Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow on the NBC Sports Bay Area.
“It was a long week, work-wise, but we’re excited about some of the deals we made,” Zaidi said. “Excited to get back out here.”
Just as he said that, on the first pitch of the inning, Hanser Alberto hit a leadoff single to begin a painful rally for the Dodgers that resulted in four runs. Alex Wood proceeded to walk a batter, hit another, throw a bad pickoff to second base, two outfielders made unsuccessful diving plays and the Dodgers used two RBI singles and two sac flies to build a 4-0 lead. Before the Giants could even get out of the inning, Kruk and Kuip let Farhan exit early.
“Thanks for stopping by, Farhan,” Kuiper said as the Dodgers scored their fourth run of the frame.
San Francisco went on to lose 9-5 and fall to 51-53, 19.5 games back of the Dodgers for first place in the NL West, eight games back of the San Diego Padres and five games out of the third Wild Card.
Defense has been an issue for the Giants all season, but it must have been disheartening for Zaidi to see that inning unravel like it did. San Francisco can’t seem to get out of its own way, which makes it easy to question Zaidi’s decision to hold on to potential outgoing free agents like Carlos Rodon and Joc Pederson at the deadline.
In the days leading up to the deadline, the Giants acquired seven minor leaguers and a struggling big leaguer, outfielder J.D. Davis. They don't look like they got any better for 2022. For now, the Giants look like they're stuck in no-man's land.
Zaidi and the Giants will enter a big offseason this winter, as the team hopes to lure some more talent to the Bay and help it compete with the star-studded NL West.