Lincecum to Devil Rays?

Sunday, November 4, 2007

The Giants are ready to field offers for their young pitchers, and in return, are looking for a center fielder. The newly named Devil Rays, now Rays, are the perfect fit because they have a crowded, yet capable outfield, and are looking for pitching. It is possible we could see Tim Lincecum traded to the Rays for Carl Crawford. Lincecum, 23, was 7-5 with a 4.00 ERA and 150 K while Crawford batted .315 with 11 HR, 80 RBI, and 50 SB. The Giants may look for an outfielder with more power, maybe Nick Markakis, but that is unlikely. Crawford is a career .296 hitter whose OBP comes out to .331 over six seasons with the Devil Rays. Not only that, but it would be an inexpensive trade and would allow them to still go after Alex Rodriguez. I know most Giants fans are probably against this, but this is definitely the right move. Lincecum was very inconsistent and put up a lot of walks every time he went out. Not only that, but you have Zito, Cain, Lowry, Correia, and probably a free agent in a rotation now backed by Crawford, who will provide more scoring opportunities batting at the top of the order, especially if they sign Rodriguez. I do not see this happening at the GM Meetings this week, but probably around the Winter Meetings.

6 comments:

Anonymous 10:51 AM CST  

they should try for delmon young instead

Anonymous 12:06 PM CST  

Markakis is untouchable -- the O's are far more willing to trade young pitching than young hitting.

spliff(TONE) 12:41 PM CST  

I would bet money that the Giants do NOT trade Lincecum. Once again, this writer doesn't have much of a clue when it comes to the San Francisco Giants.

Timothy 1:20 PM CST  

i agree what spliff(tone) has said. with sabean you have to rule out trading lincecum and cain. also from what we have seen in the HR derby and all star game at at&t park, it's very hard to hit homers on the left side, while the right side is much easier. it makes more sense to be stacked in right handed pitching, and with right handed power hitters. that means keeping tim and matt, and also avoiding crawford, who bats left.

Bucky, NY 1:36 PM CST  

If I am the Giants I only do this move if A-Rod is already under contract. Crawford is a superstar in the making, he just needs a stage. The Giants will need to upgrade at SS,1B, and the outfield to compete. This trade is a longshot, I like the trade for both teams. If the deal gets done the Rays have three big guns in Kazmir, Shields, and Lincecum. That gets them past the Blue Jays and the Orioles for third in the AL East.

Eli 9:54 PM CST  

i do not think they should move him either. but the newspaper are starting to think so too. but he might have arm problems which would suggest why he was shut down early so they might want to while his interest is high