Giants GM Brian Sabean is searching for a bat, reports Jeff Fletcher of AOL FanHouse. But here's Sabean explaining his limitation:
"We are not interested in free agents. We don't want to rent players. That doesn't make sense for us. We've got to find someone we can control, much like the Freddy Sanchez deal, and hope that presents itself."
Sanchez could only loosely be called a controllable player, as he had an $8.1MM club option that was considered a fallback. The Giants instead extended him at two years and $12MM in October. Sabean also told Fletcher money is not an issue, though clarified to MLB.com's Chris Haft that "it's not a bottomless pit."
As Fletcher notes, Sabean's statement means Adam Dunn, Jose Guillen, Derrek Lee, Paul Konerko, and Ty Wigginton are out. We also have to forget Russell Branyan, Adam LaRoche, Austin Kearns, Lyle Overbay, and Xavier Nady. On Monday, Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star had suggested the Giants had interest in Guillen if the Royals picked up the tab.
Fletcher feels that an outfielder makes more sense for the Giants than a first baseman, unless it's Prince Fielder. Corey Hart, David DeJesus, and Josh Willingham are three other controllable names. I'll toss in Jose Bautista and Luke Scott as well. The Giants reportedly have interest in DeJesus.
The Giants may also scour the market for a setup man and even a starting pitcher, suggests Fletcher. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports wrote yesterday that "the Giants believe their bullpen is in need of more stability, particularly from the left side."