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San Francisco Giants To Be In The Market For Bullpen Help?

By Bryan Rose

Currently, the San Francisco Giants sit third in National League bullpen ERA, despite having pitched the fewest innings in the Senior Circuit. So the first thought that pops into your head is that the Giants need bullpen help, right? Of course it does.

In all actuality, the Giants could really benefit from an extra arm or two given the unfortunate Brian Wilson injury and Guillermo Mota PED suspension, whether or not the Giants currently already have that arm (or at least one of them) in their ‘pen is yet to be determined (Kontos?), but the Giants are certainly to be on the lookout for arms if you believe local and national media:

John Shea:

"It figures that Sabean would expand the bullpen again, especially with the absence of Brian Wilson and the recent wounds of Santiago Casilla, Sergio Romo and Jeremy Affeldt. Possibly available relievers: Huston Street, Jonathan Broxton, Matt Capps, Rafael Betancourt and Brandon League."

Ken Rosenthal:

"The Giants are third in the NL in bullpen ERA, but don’t be surprised if they try to acquire a reliever.The team is not only without closer Brian Wilson, who is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but also righty Guillermo Mota, who is serving a 100-game suspension for using a performance-enhancing drug.Additional depth would be welcome, and at the deadline relievers are always in plentiful supply. The Giants could improve simply by reinforcing one of their strengths."

The Giants, as Stuart pointed out yesterday, have beaten up on the lesser talented squads but have had their issues against upper echelon talent, so their current 34-27 record may seem a bit inflated compared to their true talent level. Ripe with a few holes, Brian Sabean will certainly have his work cut out for him come the July 31st trade deadline given the opportunity to win the weak National League West along with the additional Wild Card spot for the 2012 season.