Credit: Steven Robles – SFGiantsBaseball.net
There’s no game today, so the San Francisco Giants are visiting the White House and hanging out with Barack Obama. They’re fresh off a sweep by the hands of the Cubs at AT&T Park. I think it’s safe to say it’s time to really start fielding calls from other teams about possible trades. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com says GM Brian Sabean will entertain trade offers for veteran players at the non-waiver deadline. Ideally, the Giants would like to keep three of their potential free agents, Hunter Pence, Tim Lincecum and Javier Lopez. At this point, club officials feel they must listen to any reasonable proposal.
Lincecum has seemed to fallen back to earth since his two Cy Young Awards. However, he has shown signs of his dominate self with his no-hitter earlier in the month. He’s still owed nearly $8 million of his $22 million salary this year.
Pence departure would mean the Giants would be adding another hole to their outfield needs. He’s hit .257 with 21 homers, 96 RBI and 83 runs scored in 163 games in a Giants uniform. His average could be a little higher, but that’s the kind of production any team would want from their right-fielder. I’m sure you’ve thought about the possibility of trading him for prospects and then re-signing him at the end of the year when he hits the free agent market. That sounds like the perfect plan, but once you let him go, you just never know if he will end up coming back!
Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Giants have told teams that they’d rather re-sign Pence than trade him. But they’ll think about it if they get “blown away” with an offer. Not likely.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says (via Twitter) the Reds have inquired about Pence. “Doesn’t look like a match so far”, says Heyman.
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