July 31st Primer: Where #SFGiants Stand With Most Tradable Assets
For anybody that may have popped in late to this non-waiver trade deadline, teams have a chance to trade their players without going through a waiver process (where it is much more difficult to complete a trade) by 1:00PM PST today. The Giants have had some of their players linked to different teams, but with all the Giants still on the team, you may be wondering where the Giants are. The Giants being eleven games out of a playoff spot, but the company line has been they are trying to get better for next year. The front office otherwise has been notoriously tight-lipped about their transaction activity, so don’t be surprised we as the general public know as little as we do. I would prefer a tight-lipped front office to a front office with lots of leaks, anyway.
May 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcherJavier Lopez
(49) pitches the ball against the Atlanta Braves during the ninth inning at AT
LHP Javier Lopez — What team couldn’t use a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen? Cleveland could (past tense), but they traded for Marc Rzepczynski yesterday, so cross them off the list. The Giants are said to be looking for a major league ready starting pitcher for Javy, a high price to pay, to be sure.
OF Hunter Pence — With the front office meeting with Pence last night to explain the situation to Hunter, I hypothesize the Giants are looking for a big offer for him, but which team could provide the package for that? The Reds, Pirates, and Yankees may be interested, but the wheels don’t seem to be turning on anything. Plenty of people have said that Pence to Rangers would make sense, and they do have the farm depth to pull that one off.
SP Tim Lincecum — Brian Sabean has already said he expects Timmy to be a Giant through the completion of the 2013 season with a plan to give him a qualifying offer, so the Giants would have to be blown away by an offer to get him. I’m not sure any team wants to take that kind of a gamble, even if the Giants take care of Lincecum’s salary for 2013.
RHP Sergio Romo — The idea that his value will never be higher is one some wish the organization would be more open to coming to grips with. However, the organization appears to truly believe that this team is not a lot of pieces away from playoff contention, and Romo seems to be very safe with the Gigantes.
To summarize, to our knowledge, the Giants are not close to any trades involving the biggest names, but that could all change in a moment today.