San Francisco may use the trade market to solve its requirements after missing out on Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto in MLB free agency.
However, signing big-name players to strengthen the roster and excite fans may require the Giants to trade a talented young player like pitcher Kyle Harrison, whom president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi wants to keep.
Zaidi told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on "The TK Show" podcast why he's reluctant to deal Harrison. “I can’t imagine any plausible scenario where we would move Kyle,” Zaidi told Kawakami. “He’s everything we are. He represents our hopes for the next few years.
Trading young players who not only have a clear path to the big leagues but are on the roster and in prominent and important roles like Kyle feels like robbing Peter to pay Paul.” Harrison, 22, is San Francisco's top prospect. Harrison pitched 34.2 innings with a 4.15 ERA, 35 strikeouts, and a 1.154 WHIP in seven MLB appearances in 2023.
Zaidi enjoys growing Harrison into a star, even though San Francisco may trade Harrison for one. The left-hander is improving with Giants ace Logan Webb in the offseason.
He’s local guy,” Zaidi said. Our organization drafted and developed him. Been to the big leagues, is a wonderful kid, competitor, All-Star and Cy Young candidate, and works hard. Again, they are the players we want to develop around.
“I think any team in the situation we're in, where we're looking to compete and get better in 2024, when you start looking at your prospects who are either a year or two away or maybe blocked in the big leagues, those are probably the guys you're most willing to trade, even though it's hard.”
The Giants want to improve their pitching, but Zaidi won't trade a homegrown ace. One of San Francisco's brightest pitching prospects since Madison Bumgarner is Bay Area native Harrison.