(12:07 pm update, from Joel Sherman of the NY Post via Twitter: “Giants definitely getting Freddy Sanchez, a source tells me.” So who do we believe, Baggs or Sherman?)
Chocolate vs. vanilla. Nike vs. Adidas. Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam. Sometimes choosing between two options that are similar without being the same can twist even the most decisive brains in knots.
The latest choice in front of the Giants is who to target at the trade deadline for their weakest position, second base. For about a month now it’s almost been seen as a foregone conclusion that the Giants had already locked in on Freddy Sanchez, the second baseman who’s been sitting out the ongoing series between his Pirates and the Giants.
So the Giants are getting ready to trade some Jesus Guzman/Kevin Frandsen/Kevin Pucetas-like package for Sanchez, just as long as Sanchez’s sore knee checks out. Right? Right? Maybe not, according to Andrew Baggarly. Baggs wrote last night that the Giants actually are pulling back in the Sanchez discussions, and would rather target Dan Uggla.
Can’t say I blame them. A right side of the infield featuring Uggla and Ryan Garko won’t set any records for range, but it does give them two powerful right-handed hitters they didn’t have before. Sanchez hits for a much higher average than Uggla, but doesn’t walk or slug homers to left field with nearly the same regularity. Add Sanchez’s recent injury issues, his hefty contract and the fact he’s been slumping at the plate lately, and Uggla looks even more attractive (or, less uggly).
Unfortunately, the Marlins are four games over .500 and have a much stronger front office, and would probably expect the offensively desperate Giants to part with at least one of the big four or five prospects. Uggla vs. Sanchez? Stay tuned.
Link dump, remember to sort your bottles and cans before recycling:
— The Pirates are in a dealing mood anyway, since they just traded Jack Wilson and Ian Snell for a whole mess of Mariner prospects today in a seven-player deal. (MLB Trade Rumors)
— The Phillies traded for Cliff Lee, meaning they’re out of the running for Roy Halladay. The Giants are scouting Nats outfielder Josh Willingham. (Fox Sports)
— EEE – YOU – HAY – KNEE – OH!!!! I may be the world’s biggest Eugenio Velez fan, but most people agree with Chris (you may know him as Xanthan on McCovey Chronicles) that the Giants still probably need to trade for a second baseman. (Bay City Ball)
— Randy Johnson’s out until at least September with a slightly torn rotator cuff. In other words, his career is likely over. (The Splash)
— Mike Singletary held out twice in his career (the first time before his rookie season), so he’s hardly worried about Michael Crabtree petitioning for a bigger deal than your standard tenth overall pick. (Matt Maiocco’s Instant 49ers)
— Florida Panthers vice president (and former “Millionaire Matchmaker” alum) Uri Man hits on a Fox News anchorwoman named Ainsley Earhardt (Ainsley? Sounds fake to me) during a live interview. Wonder if Earhardt knows he’s 5’7″ and was called a “Jewish spinner” by Patti Stanger due to Man’s preference for short Jewish women? (SPORTSbyBROOKS)