Giants Discussing Guillen, Interested In Willingham

The San Francisco offense is heating up, but the Giants are still looking for outfield bats. The Royals are discussing Jose Guillen with San Francisco, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The potential deal would send the 34-year-old to San Francisco along with cash to cover some of the $4.5MM or so remaining on Guillen’s contract. 

But Jayson Stark of hears (via Twitter) from a rival official who believes the Royals have “no real options” to move Guillen, even if they ask for a modest return and take on salary. Stark’s source says (via Twitter) there’s very little action on some of Guillen’s teammates: Brian Bannister, Kyle Davies and Kyle Farnsworth.

Another one of Guillen’s teammates, Scott Podsednik, is drawing strong interest from NL West teams, including the Giants. For what it’s worth, the Giants have been scouting Guillen aggressively, according to Jon Heyman of (via Twitter). For the season, Guillen has 16 homers and a .271/.333/.457 line.

The Giants are pursuing outfielders other than Guillen and Podsednik, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Like the Braves, Rays and Red Sox, the Giants have interest in Josh Willingham.

26 Responses to Giants Discussing Guillen, Interested In Willingham Leave a Reply

  1. Marxkip 5 years ago

    I’m not sure how the Royals (and their fans) feel about Guillen, but if you could dump him for a minor leaguer who isn’t even a marginal prospect and save say, 2 million dollars, would you do it?

    • I think I speak for 85% of Royals fans when I say absolutely. I’m expecting to have to pay his whole deal for a marginal prospect. Still, yes. He’s been servicable this year, but he’s blocking players that need ABs and he flat stole the first 24 million. Get him out for anything. I would cut him if they can’t move him.

      • Marxkip 5 years ago

        Sweet, because from here, Guillen looks like a serviceable bat who I would love to have for 2-3 months. Not someone I want to see for years, but if he’s my 4th OF/WS-DH, I would feel fantastic.

        • I like where your head’s at, but Mount Guillen would erupt if he sees he’s not going to play everyday. I hope someone gets desperate and takes that risk, but more likely he’ll clear waivers and won’t be dealt for another 4 weeks nullifying any chance to get Kila meaningful playing time this year. It’s the Royals way.

          • RBomb2844 5 years ago

            I hope they can dump Guillen but I would not just release him for the amount of money he has remaining. We need to at least get something from him – even a marginal prospect. Besides, we all know Dayton Moore is not going to let Kila play. We won’t see Moustakas, Kila, Colon, or anyone else until at least 2012, unfortunately.

        • B DominateD 5 years ago

          You are out of your mind….Guillen is a f’n cancer with an ego bigger than his talent…..He’s a marginal outfielder at best….I’d rather play Burrell everyday than this chump…

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  2. Gumby65 5 years ago

    34? May next year, Sabs…

  3. 55saveslives 5 years ago

    WILLINGHAM!!!!! Please!!!! even Pods would be better than Guillen. At least we’d have a solid 1-2 with Torres leading off!

  4. GiantsWSchamps2010 5 years ago

    Willingham would be a great pick up for the Giants!!!!!!! Huff, Posey, and Willingham in the middle of the order!!!!!

  5. B DominateD 5 years ago

    I will boo the fn sh*t outta Guillen if the Giants pick him up…This would be a disgraceful move by a pitiful GM….Get a real bat like you need or stay the f’ home and keep your stupidity indoors, Sabean…

  6. blackandorangepride 5 years ago

    If he gets Guillen it wouldn’t it make sense to get Dunn instead come on Sabean if you get a rental get one that will help the team not wreck it

  7. Guillen isn’t worth anything…idc about his fluke numbers this year. Thank God the Mets seem to be outa the running for him. Willingham is a far better player although Im not so sure about him in that big ballpark.

  8. Rock M 5 years ago

    LOOKS like a sabean deal,smells like a sabean deal it must be a sabean deal.He loves to make these kinda idiotic moves

  9. Shaneomac82 5 years ago

    Sabean, please get Willingham. He won’t cost much.

    • RBomb2844 5 years ago

      Willingham would be a much better pick up, but don’t be fooled, he will cost A LOT. Rizzo is not going to give up Willingham for nothing. Look at what he is asking for Dunn – Matt Garza or Gordon Beckham. And that’s for a player that they want to move. Willingham is available but they don’t want to move him as much. He will be costly to acquire.

      • bluelineswinger 5 years ago

        Willingham currently ranks third in the NL in OBP, eighth in wOBA, 21st in WAR. He’s under club control through next season. Do I see the Nats moving him? Quite possibly. Do I see him being a guy who “won’t cost much?” Absolutely not.

        Yes…. He appears to be having what I would expect will be a career year, but it’s not like his numbers are crazily out of context with the rest of his career. In his fifth big league season, Willingham has an .846 career OPS. He’s hit 20 or more homers in three of those seasons, and is on pace to better that figure again.

        It could be argued that, given the extra year of club control at a slightly reduced rate and lesser (though still some) defensive issues, his trade value is pretty much right there with Dunn.

  10. Posey_chosen_one 5 years ago

    Please for the love of all that’s holy….DON’T GET GUILLEN!!!!. He is exactly what the Giants don’t need and what management claims they are trying to get away from. An OLD RENTAL PLAYER. Although I would loudly applaud Sabean if he could somehow pry Josh Willingham away from the Nats without giving up anyone in the starting rotation. Willingham would be a great fit and he would turn the Giants from wild-card contenders into NL title winners and possible world series contenders. Check out this possible line-up with willingham on board.

    1 – Torres CF
    2 – Posey C
    3 – Huff 1B
    4 – Willingham RF
    5 – Burrell LF
    6 – Sandoval 3B
    7 – Uribe SS
    8 – Sanchez 2B
    9 – Pitchers spot

    • rainyperez 5 years ago

      Ummm I like Willingham but he is definitely more suited for the 2 spot in the lineup…having Posey bat 2nd is not a good idea and the Giants are looking to take advantage of his ability to drive in runs. With Torres and Willingham in the top 2 spots you have a great tandem for getting on base which Huff or Posey can then drive in.

  11. Posey_chosen_one 5 years ago


    I agree with you, but I think Posey and Willingham in the 2 of the 4 slot would greatly improve the giants line-up regardless of who was hitting where

  12. Guillen to SF is not just a rumor, its pretty much a done deal as long as Selig okays the money portion of the deal.

  13. jctrock 5 years ago

    If he is a 34 year old, why would the Giants make this move? We already have Mark Derosa on a $12 Million contract for the next year where he will recieve his other 6 million, Mark Derosa is not playing due to surgery and is 35 years old this year. The giants need to think of the young Josh Willingham. I have phoned KNBR 680 radio about Josh Willingham last year. He is an excellent bat.

  14. $3759060 5 years ago

    websoulsurfer 32 minutes ago

    Guillen to SF is not just a rumor, its pretty much a done deal as long as Selig okays the money portion of the deal.


  15. jctrock 5 years ago

    Josh Willingham has an Onbase- Percentage of .401 and opposed to Jose Gullien OBP is .333 I rather have Willingham by a long shot!

  16. It was a done deal for DeJesus but he got hurt. So their attention turned to Pods and Guillen. Pods is a younger and steals bases. JW will cost J.Sanchez and the giants wont do that. I’d say Podsednik is the winner. Bring in scott downs from the blue jays and bring up D-Train when he’s ready.

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