Since the 2008 season, the focus of the San Francisco Giants has been pitching. However in 2015 that is no longer the case, and it's actually their offense that's leading the charge. Behind Madison Bumgarner, they have rookie Chris Heston, and veterans Jake Peavy, Matt Cain, and Tim Hudson. They have a full rotation, but with question marks surrounding the latter two pitchers (Cain and Hudson), the Giants are reportedly looking for help.
San Francisco has been linked to David Price and Cole Hamels, and it seems that they've at least checked in on another pitcher.
Samardzija is the most likely player on the White Sox to get traded before the deadline, but it's unclear if the Giants are a serious suitor, or are merely doing their due diligence. San Francisco doesn't have the deepest farm system, and most teams have reportedly asked for top prospect Tyler Beede whenever the Giants have checked about trade possibilities. However Joel Sherman says that at least one team has asked about one of their newest additions.
#sfgiants prioritize No. 2 SP behind Bumgarner, but can't find match. 1 club asked for SS Lucius Fox, signed earlier this month (cont)— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 27, 2015
Lucius Fox was one of the top rated international prospects this season, and he ranked as high as 3rd on the various lists between MLB.com, Baseball America, and others. Sherman later said that Fox was an obvious "no-go" as it cost the Giants $10 million in salary and penalty taxes. He also notes that the Giants might just have to hope that Cain can become the solid number two starter that they're seeking. However if he has another poor start in his next outing (July 28th), it could motivate the front office to go all in and bring in a big piece like Hamels or Price.