NL West Notes: Padres, Giants, Blanco

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  • Padres GM Josh Byrnes has interviewed candidates for front office openings and may announce an assistant GM soon, according to Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune
  • It appears that the Giants are more likely to spend on a center fielder than a shortstop like Jose Reyes or Jimmy Rollins, according to Danny Knobler of (on Twitter). MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes recently suggested Coco Crisp, Grady Sizemore and David DeJesus could be options for San Francisco this offseason.
  • Though 40-year-old catcher Henry Blanco declined his side of the mutual option he had with the Diamondbacks, the sides are discussing a new deal, according to Jack Magruder of (Twitter links). Blanco “should be back” on a new contract that will likely include an option for 2013.
  • The D’Backs remain interested in Willie Bloomquist, according to Magruder. The utility player also declined his side of the mutual option he had with the Diamondbacks

32 Responses to NL West Notes: Padres, Giants, Blanco Leave a Reply

  1. Blanco and Bloomquist should both be getting Carl Crawford type of money clearly.

  2. BluMule 4 years ago

    Mark Cuban should buy them

  3. 1 year 4 mill with performance based incentives that could bring the deal up to 7 mill for the Giants and Sizemore?

    • Grab some pine, meat. 4 years ago

      I would think that deal would work out for both sides.

      • Another player I really want the Giants to sign is Scott Kazmir. Offer him a minor league contract and see if he can regain some of his stuff. He’d be a decent 4/5 starter if he can get back on track. And pitching in AT&T and the NL West will help his numbers a lot.

        • Guest 4 years ago

          He’s like barry zito without the contract

        • EdinsonPickle 4 years ago

          Anyone who signs Kazmir will have an interesting piece on their hands. It wasn’t so long ago that he led the league in Ks, so he’s a huge low risk high reward kind of guy if you can get him on a minor league deal, which obviously you can. I don’t think any team in the Major Leagues would object to a signing like that.

    • slr5607 4 years ago

      I would love to see the Giants go after Sizemore and somehow trade for BJ Upton. The wild card is Beltran. I would love to have him in 2012…I think 2013 and 2014 we would be kicking ourselves.

  4. Beatofficer 4 years ago

    I’d be ok with giving Sizemore a chance, but Coco Crisp, not so much. I’d like the Giants to give contracts to Rollins, Sizemore, and Beltran and pray they stay off the DL.

    • GiantsnextGM 4 years ago

      i dont think they would have the money for the 3 of them . but i like that idea though

    • rainyperez 4 years ago

      I’d take Cuddyer, Sizemore, and Beltran with a Crawford shoring up the defense at SS.

      Have Torres and Schierholtz as extra OF.

      Potential lineup

      1. Sizemore CF
      2. Sanchez 2B
      3. Sandoval 3B
      4. Posey C
      5. Beltran RF
      6. Cuddyer LF
      7. Huff/Belt 1B
      8. Crawford SS
      9. Picther

      Sign DeRosa who expresses interest to come back on a $1-$2 million dollar one year contract for super utility.

      • hscphillyboy 4 years ago

        Sorry you did not get CC’ed on the memo…..Cuddyer is either staying in Minny or comin’ to Philly……………

      • SFrush90 4 years ago

        Cuddyer would not be a good signing. He’s not a bat that would give a huge boost to the lineup. He’s also a Type A so we would give up our first round pick to the Twins. I’d give up a top pick for a difference maker, but he’s not one. And he’ll be 33 on Opening Day. I want them to stay clear of Cuddyer. Sizemore would be nice on a 3-4m deal laced with incentives and I really want Beltran back. 

        The only major signing that the Giants would do is most likely Beltran. It seems as Rollins is out of the picture now since they said they’d rather spend more money on a CF than SS. 

    • SFrush90 4 years ago

      Ya like nextGM said, the Giants don’t have the money to get all Rollins, Sizemore, AND Beltran. It’ll probably be more like Beltran/Sizemore or Crisp, something like that.

  5. Grab some pine, meat. 4 years ago

    realistically they could sign 2 of those three I think.

  6. Ian_Smell 4 years ago

    What the f? I had no idea Blanco was 40, or even close to that.

    • EdinsonPickle 4 years ago

      What the F indeed.

    • sherrilltradedooverexperience 4 years ago

      dementia prevents him from remembering the terms of his old contract

  7. jordan4giants 4 years ago

    I thought the Giants wanted to improve their offence, not just re-injure it.

  8. sherrilltradedooverexperience 4 years ago

    don’t worry baltimore, we won’t require compensation should you offer Colletti a job…hiring him will be compensation enough

  9. nostocksjustbonds 4 years ago

    IF the Giants didn’t have $41M tied up in Zito, Rowand and Huff for 2012, they might actually be able to sign good players. They need a SS more than a CF, but they’re gonna be cheap again as they have to live with their past mistakes and have made locking up their pitchers long term a priority. 

    Signing Reyes (5-7 years) and Beltan (2-3 years) should be their targets. Instead, Giants fans will get Coco Crisp and Yuni Bettancourt and suffer through another offensively barren season.

  10. This is kind of a random question, but how do mutual options work?

  11. baybombers 4 years ago

    shortstop and center are needs, why just center? Crawford isnt gonna bring offense yet

    • monkeyking42 4 years ago

      SS is a lot tougher to fill.  They won’t commit to any more long-term deals until at least next year when Rowand is off the books, so Reyes is certainly out of the question, and probably Rollins too.  The market after that is full of guys who aren’t much of an upgrade over Fontenot or Crawford.  Maybe they sign Jamey Carroll as a platoon partner, but I wouldn’t expect anything fancier than that.

      The CF class isn’t inspiring either, but there are at least some options.

  12. I’d go with Crawford with at SS, at least he’s really good defensively.  Besides Reyes who they can’t afford, not really impressed with this SS free agent class.

  13. nestleraisinets 4 years ago

    if the giants are going to pursue jose reyes and grady sizemore, they might as well bring back beltran since they really want a complete lineup in the DL…

  14. johnnygigante 4 years ago

    Priorities are at short and center.  From the buzz, it appears Sabean sees CF-leadoff as the priority, which has to mean Crisp, right?  I could see a flier on Sizemore, but only as a Utility guy off the bench.  Who else is there?  McLouth?  Short has been such a lingering hole for us, I would kill to Reyes solve the position for the next 5-years, but it’s not gonna happen.  Sounds like Sabean’s gonna let the market set before he makes a play, maybe pick up Rollins if his tag deflates or pick up Barmes.  Bettancourt would be a nightmare.  We have to find a way to bring Beltran back.  Maybe this is why Sabean’s so intent on the leadoff, to appease Carlos.  If we could get him to agree to play LF, I think a 3yr. deal would be great. 

    1. Crisp, CF
    2. Sanchez/Keppinger, 2B
    3. Beltran, LF
    4. Sandoval, 3B
    5. Posey, C
    6. Huff/Belt, 1B
    7. Shierholtz, RF
    8. Barmes, SS

    Bench: Belt, Keppinger, Sizemore/Ross, Torres, Crawford, Whiteside/Stewart.

    Looks like the entire bullpen’s returning, which is great.  Starters look to be the same as well, without Wheeler to challenge for the 5.


    What can be done with Zito?  Would anyone give up a mid-level prospect for a 3-starter?  How much of the contract could we possibly hope to burn?

  15. johnnygigante 4 years ago

    If only we had Yankee-money…

    1. Reyes, SS
    2. Sanchez/Kepp, 2B
    3. Beltran, LF
    4. Fielder, 1B
    5. Sandoval, 3B
    6. Posey, C
    7. Shierholtz, RF
    8. Crisp, CF

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