Hunter Pence oblique injury: Could San Francisco Giants trade for Marlon Byrd, Matt Kemp or Carlos Gonzalez?
Jul 21, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Alejandro De Aza (31) during the game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Before we get into the big boys, let’s touch on a few lower-profile options San Francisco could consider. For all of the following targets, keep in mind that Nori Aoki’s played most of his MLB career in right field, making all left fielders eligible.
Coco Crisp (A’s LF/CF)
I floated this possibility not too long ago, and I still maintain that Crisp would be an upgrade over Angel Pagan. With that said, it looks like the veteran is back in the injury ward. Pass.
Martin Prado (Marlins LF/UTIL)
Prado’s been very solid over the course of his career, but his production for Miami this year doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. Apparently, he’s expensive too.
Rajai Davis (Tigers LF/CF)
This former Giant can still swipe a bag, and San Francisco was rumored to be interested in Davis back in July. His average (.246) is the lowest it’s been since a down 2011 campaign, though, and having an all-speedster (read: light-hitting) outfield probably won’t cut it.
Alejandro De Aza (Red Sox LF/RF)
De Aza has played well since being traded from the Orioles mid-season, slashing .313/.362/.520 with four home runs and three stolen bases in 54 games. The Dodgers are reportedly in pursuit of his services, but don’t be surprised if the Giants sneak into the discussion. De Aza’s only two years removed from a 17 HR/20 SB season, making him an intriguing option.
Next: Onto Marlon Byrd