Wishful Thinking: San Francisco Giants Edition

Giants beat writer Henry Schulman wrote a piece suggesting that an Aaron Rowand for Carlos Zambrano trade with the Cubs would make sense for both clubs if the future contract obligations could be worked out.  It sounds like a text book case of wishful thinking to me, because I think the Cubs would be damned fools to trade Zambrano for Rowand.

Sure, the entire North side of Chicago is tired of the fitful eruptions of Mt. Zambrano, but I think the big Venezualan can still pitch.  In 55.2 innings pitched, Zambrano has 53 strikeouts.  Sure, he’s given up a lot of walks (and more hits than usual), but Zambrano has always given up a lot of walks.

My gut says Zambrano is only minor adjustments and/or a trade to a pitchers’ park (Wrigley has always been a hitters’ park, at least once the warm days of summer arrive).  AT&T is only a hitters’ park on those five days every Summer when San Francisco experiences true summer weather.  Then the fog roles in, the temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it’s happy time for pitchers again.

Rowand is 32 this year (turns 33 on August 29), and Zambrano turned 29 on June 1st.  Who do you think is more likely to get his groove back at this point in their careers?  The answer should be obvious.

Rowand would benefit playing in Wrigley, but he’d still have to start swinging at strikes, something he’s had extraordinary difficulty doing this year, and something he’s never been particularly good at at any time in his career.

What I find most appealing about the possibility of the Gints acquiring Zambrano is that it would free up Jonathan Sanchez (and prospects) to trade away for the slugger I’ve been dreaming about.

The Giants need to do something to find a way to score the base runners they aren’t scoring now.  Someone who could hit the two- or three run bomb as least as often as he hits into the double play would sure hit the spot.

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3 Comments on “Wishful Thinking: San Francisco Giants Edition”

  1. diego2thebay Says:

    Great piece! I’ve been trying to figure out where Zambrano can/should go. As far as the Giants are concerned, I think they are already in a position to trade Jonathan Sanchez. With Bumgarner up, Wellemeyer coming back, and the Timmy/Cain/Zito trio up top, I think making a move is just fine right now. I know there have been far-fetched rumors talking about Jayson Werth being traded. I just want to throw out my own theory that a Werth/Sanchez trade could be worth-while. Werth is up for FA at the end of the year, which opens a lot of doors for him and for the Phillies. Yes, the Phillies would have to be blown away (injuries and the fact he’s type A make the move unattractive). And Sanchez alone won’t get the job done. But the Phillies want pitching (good, young pitching), and the Giants need a bat. Could make sense.

    For the Giants, at least it could mean a cheap bat for the rest of the year. Werth will probably want more than the Giants will have to offer. But the loss of Bengie and the expiring contract of Renteria, they may just be in a position to add Werth long term, as well.

    • Burly Says:

      Giants management has said very clearly that they don’t want rent-a-players, so that would seem to rule out a trade for Jayson Worth, who becomes a free agent at the end of the season. Reports also have it that the Giants want a left-handed hitter, which Worth is not.

      That being said, Worth is a good fit in terms of the offense he could give the Giants, and he may be available because of the impending free agency and the fact that Dominic Brown looks ready for his major league close-up (Brown has a 1.023 minor league OPS this year, and he’s hit even better in AAA since being called up 12 games ago than he did at AA).

      Even though Worth has slumped a bit the last couple of weeks, I don’t see the Phillies trading him unless they fall out of contention between now and the July 31 trade deadline. The Phillies are trying to win again this year, and they aren’t going to dump a Jayson Worth to bring in an untested rookie, at least until the season is over.

      • diego2thebay Says:

        I totally agree with the notion that it is quite a long shot. It would be imperative, or at least strongly considered, that the Giants would be resigning or be making an attempt to resign Werth at the end of the year. The move would be contingent on that.

        The Phillies staff, at least in my opinion, is in dire need of a pen arm and a starter more than the bat of Werth. That untested rookie is in the mold of Jason Hayward, so I think they wouldn’t mind “grooming” the kind along mid pennant chase. Didn’t stop the Rays (David Price) in 2008. Plus, Brown is absolutely killing the minors.

        But they are just so hurt offensively, it’d take a lot of guts to make that move. I think they’d have to get Sanchez and a bullpen arm. Which may be too big a price to pay for the Giants (and rightfully so).

        This is why this is my favorite time of the year.


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