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SF Giants trade rumors: Padres Chris Denorfia speculation

By Melissa Felkins

The San Francisco Giants aren’t done looking to fill the holes in their lineup coming up on the July 31st trade deadline. Another name that has come to attention is that of the San Diego Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

The Padres have been sellers leading up to the trade deadline, dealing both Huston Street and Chase Headley so far this season. Denorfia could be added to that list sooner rather than later given that teams are interested in him, and he may come a little cheaper than bigger names on the market.

Denorfia is hitting .244/.295/.321, definitely not numbers to write home to mom about. He can play all three positions, and he’s only committed 2 errors on the season, however he’s not likely to make spectacular plays either.

Gregor Blanco, on the other hand, who is currently filling in for Angel Pagan in center field, is hitting .234/.311/.303, so Denorfia would be a mild upgrade with the bat. Maybe.

The most likely scenario is that he could split time in CF with Blanco until Pagan returns, which may be a somewhat effective platoon, especially if we have to see less of Blanco. When Pagan returns, he’s still a bat off the bench that may be better that the alternatives. Denorfia will be a free agent after this season, so he’d be a low-cost, low-risk, rental.

Of course, what stands out most to me is this: The Giants seem to be linked more and more often to outfielders, which begs the question of what the outlook on Pagan really is. Like us, the Giants are probably a little hesitant to expect him to be back and fully healthy. On the other hand, they’re obviously not ready to give up on that thought and sell the farm for a big name. Denorfia seems like the “minor” kind of move that Brian Sabean likes to make, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this one came about. I’d say its way more likely than an Alex Rios trade.