Most of us are worrying about the catcher position after what happened to "Lord Buster Posey", but I have had a far greater concern this season. The catcher position can be solved later, perhaps Eli Whiteside can produce average numbers. We don't know yet, so let's wait and give him a chance before we pick up mediocre players such as Pudge Rodriguez, Bengie Molina or Jorge Posada.
Right now, my main focus is finding a shortstop. Not necessarily a long-term solution, but a decent pick up that will last a season or two in order to let rookie Brandon Crawford develop (even though he is doing pretty well so far).
So with that in mind, I have come up with a list of possible shortstops that the Giants might want to consider trading for this summer. In the chart below, there is the name of the player, the Yahoo! Sports player ranking, the ESPN player rate, his 2010 salary and when he becomes a free agent:
|Name||Team||Yahoo! Rank||ESPN rater||2010 salary||Free Agent|
|Jose Reyes||NYM||15||10.25||$11 million||2012|
|Yunel Escobar||TOR||105||4.08||$2.9 million||2014|
|J.J. Hardy||BAL||892||-1.78||$5.85 million||2012|
|Jimmy Rollins||PHI||126||5.39||$8 million||2012|
Obviously, the big name floating around in Giants rumors is Jose Reyes. A decent option, but worth the $15 million? Next off season, he can choose whomever offers him the most money, and the Giants don't need to bid on an injury-stricken player like Reyes.
I think a guy like Freddy Sanchez with more speed is the type of player the Giants should be interested in. Someone who can get on base, hit for average, play respectable defense at shortstop and steal at least 15 bases a season without injuring himself is the perfect option.
Some names that fit the bill: Elvis Andrus, Jed Lowrie (minus the speed; only 2 steals in 3 years), Starlin Castro and Jimmy Rollins.
Now due to old age, brittle bones and a very expensive contract, lets throw out Rollins of the equation to leave us with 3 young, talented, cheap(per than a superstar) candidates.
Here is a chart of their age, and key stats I'm looking for from this season:
Out of the three, I think it'll be easier to trade for Lowrie, the other two are just too valuable for their team. I know he doesn't quite fit the bill when it comes to speed, but he looks like he can be a productive hitter at the plate. Last season he had an OPS of .907 in 55 games with 9 home runs and 24 RBIs.
To put that in comparison, Miguel Tejada's OPS this season (50 games played) is .520, Mike Fontenot's OPS (37 games played) is .706 and Crawford's OPS in 187 games in AA(He skipped AAA, and the majors is too small of a sample size) is .682.
None of these guys are proving they deserve to stay. Tejada isn't what he used to be, Fontenot is a perfectly fine back up, and Crawford just isn't ready.
What it'll take to grab a guy like Lowrie, I'm not quite sure, but he is an intriguing possibility to help this giants lineup.
Discussion starter: out of the players listed, who do you feel confident about on the Giants at the trade deadline and how realistic is it that we can get him?