Like every other contending club this time of year, the Giants could probably use an additional piece or two. Giants GM Bobby Evans will be on the phone quite a bit over the next four weeks and change, but he’s not exceptionally trigger happy either. Citing the expected returns of outfielders Hunter Pence and Nori Aoki and pitchers Matt Cain and Jake Peavy, Evans explained that there might not be enough room to really make an addition.
“We have to be open,” Evans said, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. “That’s true in the market in general. Our primary focus is depth. You can add depth in the outfield, but if you’re bringing in a big everyday guy, you’re going to be jammed up here. That may not be what you want. You’ve got to be careful what you do.”
Speaking specifically about the team’s pitching situation, Evans said that it’d be hard to find space for an additional arm given that the team has seven capable starters. With Peavy and Cain back in the fold, both Tim Lincecum and Tim Hudson are likely to be bumped from the rotation. It sounds like Evans is hoping that move alone will help bolster San Francisco’s starting five. If Cain and Peavy are not pitching up to snuff, however, the Giants still have more than four weeks to change their minds.
The Giants are 41-35 and 1.5 games back of the first place Dodgers heading into today’s contest against the Rockies.