The Giants are looking to add an outfielder, especially in the wake of Hunter Pence’s oblique injury, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. But San Francisco is only interested in an acquisition that would provide an offensive boost to the lineup.
While the Giants have been open about their interest in second baseman Chase Utley, meanwhile, the club reportedly does not expect to land the veteran. San Francisco believes he prefers to head to a Southern California club, and also expects to bring back starter Joe Panik for all of September.
As San Francisco’s attention turns to the outfield market, the club will obviously have limited options in the revocable waivers period. Among the players who have reportedly cleared waivers, only Dexter Fowler — who seems something of an unlikely trade candidate — plays in the outfield grass.
Schulman writes that Will Venable had been a possibility, albeit one that the team was not terribly excited about, but he was dealt to the Rangers yesterday. The Giants are not only dealing with the absence of Pence, but have yet to welcome starting center fielder Angel Pagan back from the DL.