The trade deadline approaching. The San Francisco Giants wanting pitching. Michael Pineda pitching tonight. Members of the Giants’ scout team in the stands. Combine all of these, and it looks like the Giants could be scouting Pineda to add to their rotation. At any rate, the Giants could also be scouting the Yankees for their upcoming series in the Bronx.
It is still unknown as to whether or not the Yankees will be buyers or sellers at the deadline, but Jon Morosi of MLB Network believes there could be strong interest from the Giants into the 6’7 righty Pineda.
#SFGiants, known to be looking for pitching, have scout in Bronx tonight. Michael Pineda is on the mound for #Yankees.
Pineda has not lived up to expectations thus far with the Yankees. From the pine tar incident to his overall lackluster performance, not many fans will be sad to see him go, if that is the case. With a 5.56 ERA this season, he hasn’t reached his potential like many saw he had in Seattle, where he had a 1.89 ERA in 2014.
With fans demanding to see the youth of the organization get playing time, it will be interesting to see what the Yankees could get for Pineda. The Giants have some young arms in their farm system that have big potential, which would be worth looking at for GM Brian Cashman. Big Mike would have less pressure in San Fran, most likely pitching from the five spot of the rotation, behind Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Johnny Cueto, and Jeff Samardzija.