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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

2008 Mock Roster #3

There really hasn't been much going on with the Giants since they signed Aaron Rowand a few weeks ago and it doesn't look like much will happen until after the new year. Even though the off-season is starting to wind down, the Giants are nowhere near complete and Sabean is going to have to be active in the month of January in order to tune this team up. Here is my 3rd (and possibly final) installment of the 2008 mock roster postings, the first since the Aaron Rowand signing.

Trade: To St. Louis: lhp Noah Lowry, of Dave Roberts, of Fred Lewis and if Rich Aurilia - To Giants: 3b Scott Rolen, of/1b Chris Duncan and $12 million (1/3 of Rolens' remaining 3 years and $36 million)

FA Signings: 1b Tony Clark (1 yr. $3 million + incentives), Freddy Garcia (1 yr. $2 million guaranteed + incentives), Akinori Otsuka (2 years, $10 million + incentives, mutual option for 3rd year)

Lineup
RF Randy Winn
LF Nate Schierholtz/Rajai Davis
1B Chris Duncan
3B Scott Rolen
CF Aaron Rowand
C Bengie Molina
2B Ray Durham
SS Omar Vizquel

Bench
1B Tony Clark
IF Kevin Frandsen
IF-OF Eugenio Velez
C Elezier Alfonzo
OF Rajai Davis/of/1b Dan Ortmeier

Rotation
RHP Matt Cain
LHP Barry Zito
RHP Tim Lincecum
RHP Kevin Corriea
RHP Freddy Garcia/LHP Jonathon Sanchez

Bullpen
RHP Brian Wilson (closer)
RHP Akinori Otsuka
RHP
Tyler Walker
RHP
Brad Hennessey
LHP Jack Taschner
LHP Steve Kline
LHP Jonathon Sanchez/RHP Vinnie Chulk

The Giants were looking at free agent Kris Benson last week, which could indicate that a Lowry trade may still be in the works. If that's the case and they're looking to take on a project, I would rather see them take a flyer on Freddy Garcia, who is a legit #2 when healthy. I doubt the Cardinals are looking to part with Duncan, but they desperately want to get rid of Scott Rolen and if the Giants include Lowry, they might be able to pry Duncan away as well. They also have Colby Rasmus and Rick Ankiel who they have higher expectations for. The Cards also need infielders and could have interest in Aurilia who can play all over the diamond (also played well in the NL Central in '05-'06). Roberts would give them a capable leadoff hitter now that they've lost David Eckstein. I'm not an advocate of trading Lowry, but I think it's only a matter of time before it happens and getting a guy like Duncan in return would make it a lot less painful than getting a guy like Hideki Matsui. Duncan is only 26 and has the type of left-handed power that can hit 30+ home runs at AT&T Park. The trade of Roberts would open up a spot for Schierholtz and Davis. My proposed lineup, if healthy, would actually be a decent lineup and put up some runs. Not a ton of speed, but more athleticism than past lineups as Bengie Molina is the only guy who doesn't run well. The Giants have expressed interest in Tony Clark and in this scenario could mentor Chris Duncan at 1b. The rotation would still be a strength, even with the loss of Lowry. The bullpen would be stronger with the addition of a healthy Otsuka, but Sabean is ignoring the pen again this winter so I'm not expecting any big changes.

Previous mock rosters:
Mock #1
Mock #2

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12 Comments:

  • At 11:28 PM, Anonymous Eric B. said…

    I say keep Lowry and build around pitching. Though Duncan would be interesting, I hate Rolen.

     
  • At 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    As of right now, the Giants have one of the worst rosters in baseball, maybe the worst. I really don't see them doing much to change though. It's probably only a matter of time before Pedro Feliz is re-signed and the off-season is considered pretty much complete.

     
  • At 7:12 AM, Anonymous Elaich said…

    Let's see.. you want to send 4 players to the Cards for 2, and cash. Sounds like you subscribe to the Sabean School of Baseball Trading. If the Cards are as desparate to unload Rolen as it sounds, I think the Giants are in the catbird seat. While I wouldn't miss any of these guys but Lowry, I wouldn't give up 4 for 2 unless one of them is a young, rising star.

     
  • At 12:38 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    elaich-

    Yes, I'd love to dump Aurilia and Roberts off on the Cards, I'd give them Aurilia and Roberts for a few dozen baseballs at this point. I'd even throw in Ray Durham if they'd take him. The Giants have dead weight on the club and have young players who are ready to take a shot (Frandsen, Davis, Schierholtz etc). I never proposed the Giants sending the cards money. If you read a little closer, you'll see how it says the Giants would be getting the cash to cover the rolen contract. Aurllia and Roberts would be thrown in to even out money. Plus it would open up spots for younger players to get at-bats. It would be tough parting with Lowry, but Chris Duncan is no slouch and could be an all-star for years to come. I make that trade it it's on the table.

     
  • At 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    As much as I'd like your suggested moves, the Cardinals wouldn't part with Duncan for this package.

     
  • At 1:17 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    I don't think that package would get them Duncan either. They would probably have to include more pitching, but I don't think the Cards are really considering dealing him anyway. He's the type of guy that they should be targeting though if they are going to deal some of their young pitching.

     
  • At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Lowry + Roberts, it's noway to trade Rolen + Duncan from STL...

    Roberts is old and expensive(08-09 $13M), but I think we should sent Lowry to any team for the INFer prospect of A+~AA.

     
  • At 9:14 AM, Blogger Marc said…

    Nice stuff here. Did you include all of the rumor trades in that roster?

    Would you want to trade links? I have a new blog at http://raysbaseball.blogspot.com/ If you're interested, just drop me a quick comment and we've got ourselves a deal.

     
  • At 2:11 PM, Anonymous ItalianFan said…

    Hi!
    Great blog man! It's what i've been searching for months!
    I agree with who said keep Lowry.
    We should build around Lowry, Cain and Lincecum.
    And hopefully buy a closer.

     
  • At 6:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I *wish* we could make those trades/deals, but I suspect that the Cardinals value Duncan more highly than that, particularly with him being Dave Duncan's son. I saw Chris in AAA in 2006, and he was pretty mediocre - his ML success was shocking. He always had power, but he struggled to hit around .245, iirc. I can't help but wonder if batting ahead of Mr. Pujols didn't supply him with an unusually high percentage of fastballs.

    Don't get me wrong - I'd trade for him. But I wouldn't expect a .300 hitter. He's more of a power threat than we currently have, and that's worth something.

    The huge benefit of your proposal, Trevor, is clearing out the roster to get more AB's for young guys. We unnecessarily delayed Aurilia's tenure, and we are currently doing the same to Frandsen. And I fully expect Schierholtz to be screwed out of AB's this year by Bochy and the company line of "veteran savvy." But if we could rid ourselves of some of those veterans, at least the younger guys would have a fighting chance.

     
  • At 2:47 PM, Blogger Michael said…

    Brad Hennessey got signed today to a $1.6 million, 1 year contract with the Giants. He'll be a decent closer for us, but not exactly what we were looking for in the off-season. The San Francisco Giants desperately needed to strengthen their bullpen in the off-season and have yet to add anyone significant yet.

     
  • At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Lol. That trade is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Cardinals give up Duncan, Rolen and $12 million for Lowry and some nobodys. Sabean is GM of the decade if he pulled that off.

     

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