June 1, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcherBud Norris
(20) pitches during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
With a pitching staff that resembles absolutely nothing that the orange and black faithful are accustom to, it appears the San Francisco Giants brass are thinking long and hard about making a deal that will bring an arm to the comfy confines of AT&T Park.
Danny Kobler of CBS Sports says that the Giants are already in the process of looking for the said arm and have checked in on both Bud Norris of the Houston Astros and Ricky Nolasco of the Miami Marlins.
"Baseball officials who speak regularly with Giants decision-makers say they’re already looking hard at the trade market in search of a starter.“Anybody that’s trading pitching, they’re on,” one of the officials said. “They want somebody quality.”It’s too early in the process to make a good guess on who the Giants will eventually go for, but Giants people have been asking about Ricky Nolasco of the Marlins and Bud Norris of the Astros, among others. It doesn’t appear the Giants have begun in-depth conversations with either of those teams, however."
Nolasco, who is in the last year of his deal with the Marlins is widely expected to be overly available, though the price tag, despite being a free agent to be could be high given the interest from opposing teams. Norris on the other hand only has three years of MLB service and would most likely come cheaper from an arbitrational standpoint, if the Giants were looking beyond this year.