The Hot-Stove is finally heating up for the San Francisco Giants, and especially their writers. We’ll fill you in on the latest rumors surrounding the second base position at “Oracle Park.”
Ken Rosenthal reported today that the San Francisco Giants are showing interest in former Rockies 2B, D.J. LeMahieu. The problem there lies in the fact that the Giants already have a second-baseman in Joe Panik. Enter Jeff Passan.
Passan, now at ESPN after a long time on Yahoo Sports, reported that the infield market was going to start moving quickly, with Joe Panik being a new name to add to the mix.
This one is big. Combined with the Giants rumors surrounding Bumgarner, it looks like we finally might have some action.
Joe Panik is one of the more valuable pieces the Giants have. His bat has a history of being good, just not a recent one, and his glove is still pretty golden. He’s cheap and has at least two more years of control which adds value.
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LaMahieu would also be a solid pickup at second base. His numbers translated everywhere, and he can get on base at a really high clip. The amount that you’d get from his bat, compared to what you’d lose in his glove compared to Panik would still put the Giants in a better position with him on the roster.
As for Joe Panik related destinations? A few teams could be in the mix for him. The Angels should be considered, as they had been looking at him in the past, as well as the Yankees. A name that has never been linked with him though, that could eventually be linked there is the Brewers.
Pairing Panik with Bumgarner would help increase the value in return for the Giants, almost assuring they land one of Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes, plus whatever prospects they have elsewhere to throw in. Also, the Brewers need a Second Baseman and while many of their fans are convinced whatever they have in house is better than what they could get, Panik would easily take over that position. Due to the depth of their lineup, they wouldn’t need him to hit as much as the Giants do, and that might benefit Panik in the long run.
Keep your eyes out for more as it looks like we’ll start having more Giants related movement here in the next couple weeks. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all the movement as it happens.