With the trade deadline approaching and the Dodgers are making waves, the Giants are surely considering a splash of their own.
General manager Brian Sabean has intimated that the team is presently weighing options. “You’re always looking to tweak your roster,” Sabean told Tim Kawakami on Tuesday. “We’re going to see if we can improve our bullpen and our bench. I think both areas are realistic for us to look at right now.”
Sabean also stated that he will neither mortgage the future of the franchise for a short-term fix (a la 2011) nor attempt to keep up with the Jones’s, which in this case is actually the Johnson’s, the Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s.
As for everybody’s favorite topic of discussion—first base—well, a move is unlikely. Sabean indicated that the position will be handled internally, while Bochy expressed confidence in the struggling Brandon Belt.
The Giants have been linked to a number of relievers in the recent days, as well as a few infielders. The following is a list of said players. I’ll keep this updated throughout the next couple of days. If I miss anything, please note it in the comments section (with a link), and I will prompty add the player to the list and give you credit, of course.
–IF Stephen Drew, Arizona Diamondbacks
Jon Heyman described Drew as “sure to go somewhere.” Both the A’s and Giants have expressed interest, Heyman said.
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–3B Placido Polanco, Philadelphia Phillies
There has been no confirmed interested in Polanco, but as Andrew Baggarly of Jeopardy! CSN Bay Area points out, Sabean “is known to value an experienced player such as the Phillies’ Placido Polanco.”
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–3B Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers
Like Polanco, I haven’t seen any confirmed interest in Ramirez. I’m just relying on the (informed) speculations of Baggarly here. If you’re looking for reasons why the Giants shouldn’t acquire Ramirez, look no further than the blogger in a bathrobe and wizard hat (Grant Brisbee).
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–IF Marco Scutaro, Colorado Rockies (Acquired by the Giants in exchange for 2b Charlie Culberson)Henry Schulman, Dylan Hernandez roaster and writer for the Chronicle, believes the Giants are in the market for Scutaro. Schulman said via Twitter, “Don’t be surprised if the Giants and Rockies make a deal. Colorado has scouted Fresno and Richmond recently.” Schulman also reports that Giants inquired about Scutaro weeks ago.
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–RF Hunter Pence, Philadelphia Phillies
Jon Morosi tweeted early that were Hunter Pence available, the Giants “expected to make a push.” The Giants, he added, “want a RH-hitting OF bat.”
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–RP Chris Perez, Cleveland Indians
Chris Cwik of CBSSports.com believes the Giants are interested in Perez. The Indians, according to Cwik, “aren’t looking for prospects, but players who would be able to contribute to their team immediately.”
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–RP Jonathan Broxton, Kansas City Royals
In the aforementioned article, Baggarly notes the Giants might be interested in Broxton if the price were right. But, per Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, the Giants “don’t see Broxton as the answer.” Well, he makes the list anyway.
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–RP Rafael Betancourt
This is another rumor we’ll chalk up to Shulman.
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–RP Matt Belisle
See: Betancourt, Rafael
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–RP Brandon League, Seattle Mariners
According to FoxSports.com’s Jon Morosi, the Giants, Angels, and Cardinals have shown interest in League.