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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Beltran Still Makes Most Sense for Giants

With the Giants continuing their search for outfield help after acquiring Melky Cabrera earlier this month, they have to keep circling back to Carlos Beltran, as he still remains the best fit for the Giants outfield.

We just talked about Beltran possibly heading to Boston in our last post, and Brian Sabean has already gone on record as saying that Beltran would likely be out of the Giants price range. However, despite rumors of him close to signing in Boston, the fact that it hasn't happened yet could signal that he's still keeping his options open at this time. He fits so well with the Giants for a couple of reasons, one of which his contract demands aren't actually that outrageous. He's apparently looking for a 2-3 year deal and it's not like he tore it up so much in 2011 that he's going to command a huge annual salary. In this market, where mediocre players are getting multi-year deals, Beltran at 2 years and $15 million per season doesn't look so bad. Not to mention, if they miss out on Beltran, they're almost assuredly going to sink that money into another corner outfielder, and Beltran is the best one on the market. Another big reason why he fits so well here is because he's a switch hitter and effective from both sides of the plate, which really helps out the middle of the lineup. The Giants need another good hitter to go with Sandoval and Posey in the middle and Beltran is really the ideal fit. I know signing Beltran comes at a risk with his balky knees, but he showed me with his finish in 2011 that he can still put up big numbers in a hurry and his 5.7 WAR still proves his value. If he were asking for 4 years and $60M+, then no, but the fact is he just fired Scott Boras, and isn't asking for the moon.

The names after Beltran when talking corner outfielders is less than inspiring. Other names out there who would be cheaper options over Beltran, but also much less effective hitters, include Ryan Ludwick, Jason Kubel, Cody Ross and Grady Sizemore. Now compare the 2011 seasons between those guys and Beltran and again, you'll being realizing that Beltran on a 2-3 year contract isn't a bad option. I don't see them going after anyone else who will cost a whole lot of money, so money shouldn't be too much of an issue. They could be saving that money for a shortstop, but it won't be Jose Reyes, and I'd personally rather roll with Crawford at short and spend the money on Beltran than give Jimmy Rollins a 3-4 year deal. Then there's the fact the Giants dealt away their top prospect just a few months ago to acquire this guy, and they probably did so thinking they at least had a shot at retaining Beltran after the season. At the same time, the Giants are telling everyone who will listen that they're main goal this offseason is the secure their own players who are scheduled to hit free agency over the next few years. Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain have been the most talked about, but there's also Pablo Sandoval, Brian Wilson and Buster Posey, who are all in line for big raises in the near future. They need to be careful with their money right now, no question, but they still need a bat and Beltran is their best option.

40-Man Roster Notes
: The Giants made some organizational moves Friday, assigning a few key minor leaguers to their 40-man roster and protecting them for the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Among the names added to the roster was former top-prospect Angel Villalona. If you remember, the 21 year-old was the focus of a murder investigation in the Dominican Republic. The charges have since been dropped though, and the Giants will be retaining Villalona and inserting him back into their system this spring. This is a big move for the organization, as they'll be getting back a bright young hitter who's just 21 and was one of the teams top prospects before the incident. I'd expect Villalona to start off in San Jose in 2012, and hopefully he puts the last two years behind him.... Other notable prospects added to the 40-man was outfielder Roger Kieschnick, infielder Charlie Culberson and reliever Hector Correa.
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5 Comments:

  • At 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    They need Beltran, no doubt. Then I think they need a good shortstop. I know Reyes or Rollins probably won't make it here, but who else is out there? Either that or get another good hitter for the outfielder along with Beltran.

    Wonder if they could get Beltran and Sizemore? An outfield of Sizemore-Cabrera-Beltran would be an exciting one to watch!

     
  • At 5:22 PM, Anonymous Jason Billingsley said…

    Forgot all about Villalona!

    Surprised he got cleared and is back so quickly... The kids still only 21! Wow!

    Now where does he rank amongts the Giants prospects. I know their system is a little bare right now so Angel should help. Let's just hope he picks up where he left off. It's been a long time since he's played baseball professionally. I could see him becoming a Josh Hamilton type though if he gets it together... Major problems as a youngster in baseball, but still young enough to figure it out.

     
  • At 10:43 PM, Anonymous hitnrun said…

    I agree that Beltran for a couple of years sounds like the best deal out there, and the Giants desperately need his bat because otherwise, I think Sabean will bring in another middle of the road stopgap plug in, and we already had those in Ross and Torres. Let Crawford have the shortstop slot and use the Reyes/Rollins money to secure at least one good bat. Then go after Cain and Lincecum.

     
  • At 11:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What about this Cespedes. He looks like the real deal and is only 26. Plus he's right handed. I haven't read the Giants are interested though and I'm curious why not?

     
  • At 5:37 AM, Anonymous aplusreports.com said…

    By the way Sabean's 13 years as the Giants' general manager is the longest run by a general manager in the club's history, surpassing Spec Richardson

     

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