Trade talks: Fishing with live bait
It’s become pretty clear that there is going to be some interesting trade maneuvering coming in Giants land as we creep towards the deadline (or if not there are some more serious issues than our anemic offense). Much as we are normally loathe to discuss trading away anyone particularly decent, and we are still not in the “trade away prospects” camp, we’re no longer in a position to be too strongly attached to our current roster as it stands, particularly in the bullpen.
Easy trade bait:
Slightly less easy but survivable losses:
Only trade if you’re going to get someone unspeakably amazing:
Yes, all pitchers. We could trade some outfielders, but none of them have particularly high trade value at this point, so the only value there would really be to free up a roster spot. If someone wants to take Aaron Rowand off our hands, fantastic, but we’re not counting on it.
Unsurprisingly, we’re looking for catchers, offense, and possibly a shortstop. Someone has to take the reigns behind the plate (and be there to take some of the workload next season when we’re not going to want to see Buster Posey catch 150 games), someone has to replace Tejada (we’re putting aside our Brandon Crawford fondness for the moment purely for the sake of argument), and we need offense. And yes, we realize that 1) Lowrie is on the DL and 2) that’s a pretty tall order.
Hardy and Torrealba for Casilla or Ramirez seem the most realistic of those scenarios, despite the apparent break down in whatever talks were going on for the Casilla for Torrealba deal. Jose Reyes is a high risk proposal because it’s basically a rental, not even a lease to own deal. Unless there’s some sort of contract extension or other agreement in the deal, it’s potentially a lot of money for a very short term solution. Lowrie is on the DL right now, so that’s a risk, but it would undoubtedly take a huge amount to get him in the first place. Consider that one our personal pipedream that we would never actually expect to work out.
The point being, we need some offense and we need catching and if we can get a shortstop, well, so be it. Not news to anyone, but that’s where it stands. Now it’s just time to wait and see.