Hunter Pence oblique injury: Could San Francisco Giants trade for Marlon Byrd, Matt Kemp or Carlos Gonzalez?
Aug 16, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) hits a solo home run in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Padres 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies RF)
The Rockies are another divisional rival the Giants could look to as a trade partner, as Carlos Gonzalez is reportedly on the block.
Colorado already made its intentions to rebuild clear by sending Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto, and Car-Go would be the next logical piece to move. He would come slightly cheaper than Kemp at $18.5 million over the next two years, though his drastic home-road splits are obviously a cause for a concern, particularly considering half his games are played in Coors Field.
Even so, you can’t ignore the impact on his overall numbers this year, as Gonzalez is slashing .270/.328/.530 with 27 home runs. While he doesn’t run anymore, the 29-year-old’s power stroke is clearly still there, and his ability to bounce back from an injury-riddled 2014 campaign shows perseverance on his part.
Car-Go and Kemp would cost the Giants multiple top prospects in addition to however much they’re taxed at season’s end, but both would assuredly fill the hole left by Pence’s bat in the lineup. Both would also likely prevent the team from re-signing Nori Aoki this offseason, but that’s a little too forward-looking.
First: Let’s find out exactly how long Pence will be on the shelf. Will it be closer to two weeks or two months?