Finding a Giant fan who didn’t like the Tommy Joseph and Nate Schierholtz for Hunter Pence trade is pretty difficult. Sure, some may not care for Pence specifically, but overall, finding fault in the move isn’t easy for anybody. The Giants got a MLB-level upgrade and traded a minor leaguer, who while talented, was organizationally blocked by both Buster Posey and Hector Sanchez. Both San Francisco and Philadelphia could smile about the deal and go on their separate ways feeling like they patched a pretty big hole in their respective organizations.
Thankfully for Giant fans, that’s how it played out because according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Giants almost made another trade before pulling the trigger with Phillly:
"Before the trade deadline, the Giants tried to get the Yankees’ Eric Chavez, offering Nate Schierholtz."
Olney doesn’t speculate on why the deal didn’t go through, but it appears it was the Yankees who declined, either by asking too much or not seeing enough of an upgrade in Schierholtz. One could also reasonably assume that the potential Chavez/Schierholtz swap was talked about prior to the Bronx Bombers acquiring Ichiro Suzuki from the Seattle Mariners as both Nate and Ichiro would be redundant for the Yankees.
Chavez hasn’t exactly been poor this year for the Yankees as he’s hit .269 with 10 HR and 24 RBI in just 175 AB’s, but that there is the problem with the former Athletic’s slugger – staying on the field. Chavez hasn’t played more than 90 games in a season since 2006 and when he has been on the field, the results have generally been pretty poor.
A much better hitter off right handers, the Giants brass was probably assuming Chavez to play the role of current Giant Marco Scutaro given his career .280 average off righties, but still – Eric Chavez? Hard not to think the Giants would’ve been better off looking elsewhere.
Point is moot now with both Marco Scutaro and Hunter Pence in orange and black, but things could’ve turned out so differently.