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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Trade Chatter and Deadline Obstacles

The Giants couldn't quite pull of the sweep of the Atlanta Braves Thursday afternoon, but they'll head to Philly with a firm 2.5 game lead on the Dodgers and are reportedly expanding their search for outside help.

Pablo Getting Looks at 1B
With the Trade Deadline inching closer and closer, the rumors have started to run rampant regarding the Giants and who they could target in the next 10 days. One of those players is said to be in Philadelphia, as numerous sources have them interested in third basemen Placido Polanco. I came to the realization this team needed another infielder when it was clear Freddy Sanchez wouldn't be returning, but I still don't see a terrific fit out there for this club. I'm sorry, but the aging, slow Polanco isn't what this team needs and I can't understand why Sabean would even pursue that target. Didn't he learn anything last year with the Orlando Cabrera deal? Plus, Polanco has been playing third base for Philly, and unless the Giants plan on moving Pablo permanently to first base, Polanco would be moved out of position. I wouldn't be opposed to moving Sandoval across the diamond for the "right" third basemen, but certainly not Placido Polanco. The right third basemen in my mind would be a guy like Hanley Ramirez (who is also apparently on the trading block), someone who will be around for a few years and is right in his prime, but the Giants don't have the minor league depth to pull off those deals every summer.

Another Marlin's name that was mentioned in the Andrew Baggarly chat yesterday is a guy I hadn't thought about much is Miami's 2nd basemen, Omar Infante. The 30 year-old infielder has the versatility to play 3rd, short and 2nd and is a plus-hitter. He could free up Ryan Theriot to be more of a utility guy and contribute at shortstop as well. Infante is hitting .281 with 8 home runs and 33 RBI and swings from the right-side which is
Infante: A Realistic Target?
something the Giants desperately need, good right-handed bats. The best part, is he's not a headline player and likely wouldn't cost an arm and a leg to get. The Marlins are clearly open to dealing him too, but the latest news out of Miami has the Marlins attempting to package Infante together with Josh Johnson and deal them to the American League. This is a really tough year for teams looking to add pieces. Too many clubs still feel they're in contention and the ones that aren't are well aware of their situation and the plethora of buyers heading into the deadline. I just don't see the Giants having enough ammo to pull off a big deal for offense, which is why I still think if they add a piece or two, it'll be to the bullpen. They're still trying to assess their own system and figure out just who they feel is expendable, and again, after the moves last season, I have a hard time seeing another blockbuster getting done this July.

Perhaps the most sensible and attainable target I've heard linked to the team the last few days has been Royals closer Jonathan Broxton. It's clear the Royals will deal him at some point, they have Joakim Soria returning next season, but the Royals could be detoured away from the Giants after their luck with the Cabrera/Sanchez deal. I'm not holding out hope for a big bat like I was last summer, even though they could sure use one. However, a closer-type, especially with the inconsistencies Casilla has run into, makes a whole lot of sense.
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38 Comments:

  • At 5:45 PM, Anonymous Westbound and Up said…

    What about first basemen? Sabean should have went for Youkilis, Chicago got him for nothing.

    Didn't know Broxton was having such a good year for the Royals. Wonder what they'd want for him?

    I just hope the Giants don't trade Tommy Joseph. They have a lot of young catchers but I think he's their next big star.

     
  • At 10:30 PM, Anonymous J-Bill said…

    Hanley Ramirez would be awesome cause he's under contract for a few more years I believe. Thats the guy I'd give up Brown or Joseph for!

     
  • At 10:33 PM, Anonymous hitnrun said…

    Trevor, looking at the Giants bench, you could really see where the Giants cut spending, so that they could pay Cain and Lincecum. They let Fontenot, Ross and Keppinger go, let Burrell retire without replacement and now they have horrible non hitters Burriss, Christian, Whiteside to grab pine with Arias and Schierholtz. This bench is worse than last year's and is almost an embarrassment to try and select a pinch hitter from, with Hector Sanchez out.I do not expect a big trade before the deadline either, but Sabean has got to at least get someone to replace Burriss, find anyone who can hit a ball to replace Christian, and then hope that Sanchez comes back sooner than later so Whiteside can go hit .200 for Fresno.

     
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  • At 11:43 PM, Blogger Trevor Cole said…

    I could certainly see them adding a right-handed infielder or outfielder with some punch. Just don't really see it being a big blockbuster like Ramirez or someone like that. Infante, if he's not packaged, could be realistic.

    HnR- Good point on the bench. The Giants bullpen and bench have each taken a hit this year, though obviously with different factors. Don't get why Boch is so high on Arias and Christian? And yes, Whiteside is one of the worst backup catchers in the league. Hopefully Sanchez is only out the minimum!

     
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