Interest in Morris and Sweeney
The Giants apparantly have contacted agent Barry Axelrod about free-agent pitcher Matt Morris and 1st baseman/outfielder Mike Sweeney. The Giants like doing business with Axelrod, and hate working with Scott Boras who represents most this years big name free agents. I would love to see Morris signed to be a #2 or #3 behind Schmidt and Lowry. I'd definetly take him over Paul Byrd. Estaban Loiaza is another starter not represented by Boras, and I think he might even be better and cheaper then Morris. As I've said before, I'd be happy with a rotation of: Schmidt-Lowrey-(Washburn, Morris, Loiaza)-Cain-Hennessey. Sure we'd all like to have A.J. Burnett, but the Giants aren't going to spend 10 million on another pitcher. Loiaza is a bit older, but I bet would come cheaper. I really hope Mike Sweeney isn't the Giants "left-handed bat" they've been talking about for months now. Sweeney is essentially a more versatile J.T. Snow without the defense at first. He'd be nice off the bench, but the Giants would likely count on him for 300-400 ab's and I don't think thats such a good idea. Darryl Ward is a younger guy with some pop who may be in the Giants price range. Rather see Ward than Sweeney. Ward would be a perfect guy to spell Barry Bonds 1-2 times a week. Other than than that, there hasn't been much talk regarding the Giants and player movement.
The teams first draft pick of the 2005 amateur draft, Ben Copeland has looked pretty good between the Arizona Fall League and the Northwestern League. The Giants are raving about his speed and defense, and he hit .317 with 5 home runs. This kid could start as high as AA coming up this season and he was drafted in June, guys like that are ones that get to the big leagues early and do damage. Not saying Copeland is the next Grady Sizemore, but we could start hearing his name more and more and depending on his progress, he could be up as early as September.