Hunter Pence oblique injury: Could San Francisco Giants trade for Marlon Byrd, Matt Kemp or Carlos Gonzalez?

By Matthew Connolly
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Jul 31, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds right fielder Marlon Byrd (9) hits a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Jared Hughes in the sixth inning at Great American Ball Park. The Pirates won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Marlon Byrd (Reds LF)

I’ve been saying it since July, I said it just last week, and I’ll say it again: Byrd checks all of the boxes for San Francisco.

He’s a veteran (14 years in MLB), he’s got power (19 HR this year) and he’s on an affordable expiring deal (less than $2 million remaining).

Yes, a .241 average while playing half his games at a hitter-friendly park is a little worrisome, and the man sure can whiff (97 SO in 353 ABs). Even so, Byrd would represent a significant upgrade over anyone else the Giants can trot out.

Next: Onto Matt Kemp