San Francisco Giants: Alternative Ways to Deal With Left Field
Alternate Trade Targets
It’s easy to see that the Giants don’t want to give up talented youth. They wouldn’t give up Panik for Andrew freaking Miller. That tells you enough. So who are some decent trade options that aren’t going to cost Panik or a top five prospect?
Dickerson is intriguing. His wRC+ is relatively high, and his defense isn’t terrible either. He had a down year in Tampa, but has the ability to hit for power, and gets on base at a decent clip. Another thing that went away last season was his average. When players are .290 hitters for years, then drop down to .240, that usually is fixable.
Calhoun surprisingly was fantastic defensively last season and had a really good year at the plate as well. He’s probably the best player out of this whole group of lower level trade targets. The Angels need pitching and guess what, the Giants are a perfect match! Calhoun would be a solid option in left.
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The Giants and A’s don’t make many trades. Much like them and the Dodgers, it just rarely happens. So this one is much more of a stretch. However, the A’s are fooling themselves if they think they’ll be competitive next season. Khris Davis can hit for power, ANYWHERE. He can also play slightly above average defense in left field. The Giants put up with Bonds defense in left when he was over 40, so they could handle “above average defense” in left for a few years. Heck, they let Michael Morse play that position regularly in 2014. Davis is much better than that. He can mash, he can play defense, he’s a righty to balance the lineup. The A’s aren’t going to sell sky-high on him. Would the Giants have to dip into the top 5 prospects? Maybe. But he’s about as good of an option as J.D. Martinez, and might cost a tiny bit less.
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