Giants Seek Left-Handed Bat

WEDNESDAY, 11:08am: Schulman adds Cust to the list of bats on the Giants' radar.

TUESDAY, 2:16pm: So far this winter the Giants have spent $15.25MM on Mark DeRosa and Juan Uribe.  After a conference call with GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle offer insight on the Giants' plans for the rest of the offseason.

  • Uribe could play third base regularly, which would push DeRosa to left field.  Uribe will not compete with Edgar Renteria for the shortstop job.
  • The Giants seek a left-handed hitter.  It would be either an outfielder or first baseman, as Travis Ishikawa is not under consideration to start at first.
  • Sabean said no deals are imminent.  At various points this winter the Giants have been linked to Johnny Damon, Scott Podsednik, and Adam LaRoche.  I should point out that other potentially available left-handed bats include Russell Branyan, Lyle Overbay, Luke Scott, David DeJesus, Jack Cust, Mike Jacobs, Rick Ankiel, and Aubrey Huff.
  • Schulman says the Giants are unlikely to spend much on a fifth starter or catcher.


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93 Comments on "Giants Seek Left-Handed Bat"


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JPB22
5 years 6 months ago

I don’t believe that Luke Scott is a FA. I think the Giants have to sign a catcher and a leadoff hitter.

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bomberj11
5 years 6 months ago

He meant on the trade and free agent market.

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JPB22
5 years 6 months ago

yeah I realiezed that right after I posted. It is always a good idea to read all the words in the article before putting anything in writing yourself.

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5 years 6 months ago

I agree with the Uribe at 3B to start the season. Have DeRosa in LF or RF, and get someone like Damon for 2 years or Cust. I am not concerned with defense as much because we need offense more than anything. Damon would also be great at lead-off, which we desperately need. Line-up suggestion:

LF – Damon
3B – Uribe
2B – Sanchez
1B – Panda
RF – Derosa
CF – Rowand
SS – Renteria
C – Posey

Don’t look to shabby. Thoughts?

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johnsilver
5 years 6 months ago

SFG need a power bat so bad, I just think that the LAD are so ripe to be dethroned and Sabean is doing nothing about it, whether Giant ownership has financial problems, or somehow Sabean thinks his pitching and -0- offense is good enough to over take them is the reason, it just does not make sense to me. This team needs *SOMEBODY* besides Sandoval that can hit, or other teams are just going to pitch around him and Damon is not going to be any kind of threat in Candlestick, expect his power numbers to evaporate, like back to 8-15 where they were at KC, Oakland, Boston and a better gauge? Pay attention to that 9 spot he put up at the Coliseum in his only year in Oakland, yeah SFG fans, another cavernous park.. That’s about what Damon’s muscle will bring to Candlestick. It came and went with Yankee stadium.

Cust will probably be able to give Sandoval some power protection and his defense is still going to be terrible, another highlight reel guy, but Damon is no GG’er anymore either. Might as well get somebody to protect Sandoval if Molina isn’t coming back and take this now winnable division.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

I guess it’s a good thing they don’t play at Candlestick then.

Member
5 years 6 months ago

Sabean said he’s trying to be an opportunist this offseason (though I don’t think he gets the negative connotations of his word choice). Last year, he signed Renteria and Johnson by this point, and had spent $17 million. This year, because of Lincecum’s arbitration eligibility, we can’t be quite as aggressive despite having more payroll flexibility otherwise. Expect him to stay on LaRoche and see if he can’t get more of a bargain deal. If the Orioles wind up making him a big offer and he signs, it gives Sabean leverage to sign Branyan.

Patience…

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R_y_a_n
5 years 6 months ago

Ew, I’m not a Giants fan but the fact Podsednik is even being considered for the Giants is sort of depressing. Don’t they have enough slap hitters? And it isn’t like his speed is that much of an asset; it doesn’t seem to help him and the field and he is thrown out quite a bit on the basepaths.

Damon, on the other hand, I think would be a nice fit, if the Giants can get him on a a one-year deal for 6-8 mil. Even though he’d probably only give you 10-15 HRs, but you could still expect a .350+ OBP (which the Giants need in their lineup, just as much as power).

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niceshot
5 years 6 months ago

Casey Kotchman could be had as a salary dump seeing as the Sox want to get under the luxury tax line and he’s something like $3MM+ right now. Hermida is available too, I believe, since Theo promised he’d trade him if he wasn’t given a starting role.

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Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

I see the BoSox trading Kotchman somewhere at some point but if I understand the situation correctly the Giants are looking not just for a LH bat but for power. Although he has some pop, strictly speaking Casey Kotchman is not a power hitter. So would he really make sense for the team? Wouldn’t Sabean be looking for higher HR production?

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bomberj11
5 years 6 months ago

Can I please get a link?

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JPB22
5 years 6 months ago

I really prefer Uribe in a utility role and I would like to see Schierholtz get a chance. Here is what I would like to see

LF- Podsednik
2B – Sanchez
RF – Schierholtz
3B – Sandoval
1B – DeRosa
CF – Rowand
SS – Renteria
C – Posey / Barajas / Torrealba