Whether or not a trade happens between two teams can come down to many nebulous factors, from the relationship between the two GMs, how clubs value players, and the level of motivation a team has to move someone. But one important element that can be looked at objectively is how the teams match up. This is a series where I’m going to look at how the Yankees match up with the other team for their prospective trade targets.
What do the Giants need?
Offense, hitting and sprinkle in some bats. Despite playing in a division that houses the perennially weak San Diego Padres, the San Francisco Giants managed to score the fewest runs in their division. But that’s easy to do when you score the fewest runs in the entire National League, which they did by a margin of 23 Runs.
What do the Giants have in their farm system?
A few good pitchers in RHRP Heath Hembree and LHSP Eric Surkamp. Gary Brown may be their CF of the future, but he’s a few years away after destroying (.328/.398/.457) High-A San Jose. Slick fielding (SS) Brandon Crawford got a big league look in emergency duty last year, but questions persist about his bat (.584 OPS last year).
Yankee trade chips that match:
Frankie Cervelli, Austin Romine, Nick Swisher, Eduardo Nunez, David Adams,
The Giants need hitters, but where on the diamond is more of a question than most folks realize. The only positions written in stone next year are Melky Cabrera (CF) and Pablo Sandoval (3B). Everywhere else is up in the air on some level. Buster Posey has to show he can come back healthy from his nasty broken ankle, and if he can’t catch everyday you need 1B open for his bat. Rookie stud Brandon Belt could play 1B or LF, and 26 year old Brett Pill is an option there as well. A backup Catcher who won’t kill you with the bat would be a nice insurance policy. The middle infield was a mess in 2011, with the oft-injured Freddy Sanchez (2B) and the old, addled Miguel Tejada (SS) up the middle. They’d love to bring back Carlos Beltran, but given the big arb bump coming to Lincecum and Cain due for a salary raise from 7M to 15M it’s unlikely they have salary space for Beltran. GM Brian Sabean is notorious for preferring veteran retreads over unproven rookies, which is why he brings guys like Huff and Tejada in and trades his best pitching prospect (Zach Wheeler) for 2 months of Carlos Beltran. Given Sabean’s preferences, the uncertainty with Posey and their financial constraints, its difficult to see them making a deal.