The San Francisco Giants have been trying to upgrade their offense over the past few weeks and have been mentioned in connection to some of the biggest names on the trade market. Despite that, general manager Brian Sabean has said the defending world champs aren’t close to making a big deal.
Last week the Giants acquired second baseman Jeff Keppinger from the Houston Astros for two minor league pitchers, but they clearly want more offensive depth. San Francisco could use another outfielder, and is looking to improve at shortstop and catcher.
The Giants have been mention as a possible landing place for Carlos Beltran all season, and they would likely be willing to assume most or all of the $6 million remaining on his contract. The problem is, San Francisco seems unwilling to part with a top prospect in a trade for what would essentially be a short-term rental.
The Giants have also taken a look at Tampa Bay Rays outfielder B.J. Upton who is almost certainly going to be traded. Upton won’t be a free agent until after the 2012 season, so he might be more attractive to San Francisco, and may make parting with a good prospect easier.
As for the options at short and behind the plate, Sabean claimed he hasn’t been blown away by the options available. Still, he proved last year that by adding a few smaller pieces could turn out to be huge.
Though nothing appears close right now, we think the Giants will make a move before the deadline.