Ok. This one is the big dream. IF they can move Pence’s contract and the other dead weight guys, they have close to $20 million in Luxury Tax space that they can maneuver. Enter big bat.
I’m talking like……….really big bat. Like something that would be an absolute game-changer in the NL West and such. Here are some options on the “loser” teams that could be worth looking at. Understand that some of these, we’ll have to give up some good prospects for, but the Giants have a pretty well stocked system at the moment, especially at the lower levels. Depending on what type of player the Giants are getting, depends on the prospects. Here are some guys who are performing really well, aren’t too expensive, and wouldn’t really require Tier 1 prospects.
- Eddie Rosario, Minnesota
- Rosario is playing really well for the Twins, and could actually cost the most. He’s under club control until 2023, and at a cheaper rate since it’s all arbitration from here on out. He’s hitting .312 and slugging .564 with 18 homers and 23 doubles. He could cost someone in the Sandro Fabian/Aramis Garcia range, but with the amount of quality at those positions in the upper levels, and not even ranked in their top prospects yet (Luciano), they could afford to lose someone like that.
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- Nomar Mazara, Texas
- I know I’ve mentioned a ton of Texas Rangers, but I think they know, and everyone else knows, they’re in the “need to sell” spot now. They attempted to be an under the radar contender in 2018, and they are last in the AL West. Mazara is hitting .282 and slugging in the high .400s. That 21% K rate is alarming though, coupled with that low walk rate. I’m not sure AT&T park is the greatest for boom or bust guys, but he might be OK. Not my first choice, but a really nice bat in the lineup.
- Starling Marte
- Marte has been pretty good, and is a jack of all trades. He wouldn’t be the power guy, but he would be a strong bat and strong defensive presence. He’s more like Mazara in terms of K/BB, but with even less power. However, he could be better/more stable than the revolving door of whoever is hottest that is currently in left field.
Again, dream moves folks. I would love to land Eddie Rosario, but it blocks guys like Shaw in the “now.” However, Eddie Rosario and Chris Shaw (or Bryce Harper!) on the corners next season sounds fantastic. With two big holes left in the outfield after this season, adding a guy who can help now, and be part of the future would be great. Eddie Rosario is that player for me.
I don’t think the Giants will do most of what I suggested. I think the best bet for them is that they end up adding a reliever. If they don’t, then either they’re so far set with the team that they have, or they’ve fallen out of contention. But if they’re going to make a world series run, at least one of these moves need to happen.