I’ve made it pretty clear for a while that I think Strickland is a cancer for this team. He’s had an attitude about him since coming up, and his confrontation with Bryce Harper this year was embarrassing.
The problem the Giants and some fans have with trading Strickland is that he’s been really good. And 2017 has been his best year so far with a 1.91 ERA in 33 innings with 36 strikeouts.
In 152.1 major league innings he has a 2.48 ERA and K/9 of nine. He’s been a very effective setup man, and the Giants hate to trade that away — especially when they already have bullpen problems.