Just nine days left until the Trade deadline ends on July 31st, but what do the Giants actually need?
Offense is certainly a trade target that General Manager Brian Sabean is searching for, but it has to be for the right price. Rookie Brandon Belt is untouchable because of his relaxed, natural hitting at first base. Top prospects Zach Wheeler and Gary Brown are not going to be traded as well.
Sabean knows he has a tough task ahead of him. The Giants offense is one of the worst in the league, and yet they sit in first place by four games. The Giants have been lucky.
So let's take a look at what the Giants should improve on:
A #3/4 Hitter-
The Giants former cleanup hitter was Aubrey Huff. He is the worst cleanup hitter on earth, in my opinion. Ok, then we have Buster Po... oh yeah, he only has one leg. Ok, well then the Next Best is Pablo Sandoval. No, he's a better hitting third. So who takes over as the Giants slugger? here are some already popular options the Giants are related to:
- Carlos Beltran (Most recent rumors found here)- Beltran, 34, is a former Rookie of the Year, a six-time All-Star, a three-time gold glove winner in center field and a two-time silver slugger winner. He has come off of two straight injury plagued seasons for the Mets and has an expensive contract that ends after this season. I'd love to have him on the Giants but only if we can resign him to an extension (by the way, career OPS of .826... yes please).
- Michael Cuddyer (rumor)- Cuddyer, 32, has spent his entire 11-season career with the Minnesota Twins, reaching the All-Star game once (this season) but still has put up respectable numbers throughout his career. He has played first base, third base and right field which would allow Bruce Bochy to move pieces around each game. He is a career .272/.345/.453 hitter with an OPS of .798. This season he has 14 home runs with 47 RBIs, easily making him the Giants best slugger if acquired.
Well, The Giants have already gone out and found a second baseman from the Astros- Jeff Keppinger. I think Sabean gave up the perfect amount of prospects (Henrey Sosa and Jason Stoffel) for a guy that would automatically improve a position. Keppinger walks more than he strikes out(147 walks vs. 125 strikeouts), that stat alone will put runners on base. He doesn't hit for power, so sure, he will fit right in here in San Francisco. Good for him. I like this trade and welcome to San Fran Kepp'.
This is a last resort. Brandon Crawford is a super defensive player with a weak bat, and somehow, if we get a 3/4 hitter mentioned above, I'd be perfectly content with Crawford starting. And because there is a shortage of offensively powerful shortstops in the world, trading for one will come with a high price. Names like Jose Reyes and J.J. Hardy come to mind, but they look like they are both staying put because they are too valuable to their respectable teams.
I think that is all the Giants need to repeat. If they find enough prospects to give up for a rejuvenated Beltran or perhaps a solid Cuddyer, I'd welcome them with open arms.