Last night's loss dropped the Giants below .500 and placed them as close to last place in the NL West as it did to first place. Prior to the game, however, general manager Brian Sabean spoke with reporters, including Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, and said he and his front office team wouldn't take a reactionary approach. Sabean noted that the asking price for players this early in the trading season is too steep:
“You’re not going to do anything without getting your clock cleaned as of this date. If somebody’s going to trade somebody this early, they’re going to have to win the deal and you’re going to have to let them win the deal."
The team isn't keen on adding rental players, though Sabean noted that the Giants will be more willing to add players who are viewed as a salary dump by the other team, as opposed to trading top prospects. The long-time GM said that money won't be the issue when acquiring players this summer and also noted that he'd be more open to adding a rental who is amenable to a long-term deal with the Giants.
Schulman notes that the Giants still like California native Ricky Nolasco, and the Marlins are more concerned with shedding his $6MM salary than obtaining highly regarded prospects in potential trades. That would bode well for the Giants, but many teams are in on the right-hander. Schulman reported last night that the Dodgers are hot after Nolasco, and he adds the Orioles into that mix in this most recent update.
Meanwhile, Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area adds that Sabean and his staff have made lists of available hitters, starters and relievers, but Sabean wouldn't reveal which was the top priority. He told Baggarly that the team doesn't view the current crop of available starters as much better than No. 4 and No. 5 pitchers. Sabean also hinted that a center field upgrade would be nice now that Angel Pagan is on the shelf for 10 weeks.