The Giants held a perfect 5-0 record since the All-Star break before dropping a 3-2 result this afternoon against the Braves. San Francisco's lead in the NL West drops to 2.5 games ahead of the idle Dodgers. Here's the latest Giants hot stove news, courtesy of CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly...
- The team isn't close to any trades, Baggarly writes, as they are completing their evaluations of their minor league prospects and figuring out who they want amongst the available players on the trade market.
- Pablo Sandoval made an appearance at first base today, causing Baggarly to wonder if the Giants could move Sandoval to first and look to acquire a third baseman. Giants GM Brian Sabean "is known to value an experienced player such as the Phillies’ Placido Polanco" and the club could go big and make a move for someone like Hanley Ramirez, though Baggarly considers a Ramirez deal to be "highly unlikely."
- The Giants have "heavily scouted" the Cubs' and Royals' Triple-A teams. The latter could be related to a possible move for Jonathan Broxton, who Baggarly says the Giants would be interested in "if the price drops." The Mets are one of several teams who are reportedly interested in acquiring Broxton.
- The Giants are looking for bullpen help but aren't willing to move major prospects for a first-rate closer.