"So, yes, the Giants need to add a starter. I’m not talking about Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels or Matt Garza. They make too much money. Milwaukee’s Marco Estrada — a swingman who earns close to the minimum — is more the idea. San Diego’s Clayton Richard or Seattle’s Jason Vargas would make sense, too."
And the Times’ piece on the Giants and Angels starter Dan Haren:
"the bidding figures to be fierce with the Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks all in the market for a starter as well."
With the uncertainty surrounding both Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito, it makes obvious sense that the Giants would be in the market for a starter on the surface as only 3/5’s of their rotation is living up to their billing, but there’s one huge hurdle in the Giants’ way of bringing in another starter – prospects. The Giants have little.
As mentioned above by Morosi, the Giants aren’t going to be in the market for a big name arm – they don’t have the money for him and the already drained system is void of enough talent to bring one in, even if they felt it was necessary, which it isn’t.
There’s no doubt Sabean will be kicking the tires on a below average arm just for the sake of it, but the Giants might as well give some thought to acquiring a reliever (who’ll come at a cheaper price) and moving somebody like Brad Penny or George Kontos into the rotation if they must.
Neither situation is ideal and you’d prefer to avoid both by having Lincecum and to a lesser extent, Zito, turn their games around – so hopefully the break will give them the mental rest needed for a second half resurgence.