This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.
Incredibly, we're about a month away from the trade deadline. There are some clear sellers (Giants, Tigers, Orioles), clear buyers (Dodgers, Astros, Yankees, etc.), while others are expected to base their decision on how the next month plays out. What is clear is that relievers are going to be on the move. Let's look at a handful of bullpen situations that could create value in current setup men while removing a lot of the value once current closers go to contending teams to be setup men.
San Francisco Giants
A free agent after this year, Will Smith seems to have near a 100 percent chance to be on the move, as not only is he an elite reliever, he's also left-handed. Smith's value will be predicated on where he ends up, of course. If it's the Dodgers, he's likely going to be setting up Kenley Jansen, while perhaps netting the occasional save. If he ends up in Tampa Bay, he probably closes over the likes of Jose Alvarado and Diego Castillo. So, who takes over once Smith is gone? I'd probably set the depth chart as follows:
1. Tony Watson
3. Sam Dyson
Of course, guys like Watson, Melancon and Dyson could also be on the move, and I do expect the Giants will deal multiple relievers next month. If I had to guess, I'd say Smith, Watson and Dyson all go, as they aren't part of the Giants' future. That would leave