Giants Looking For Help At First

Sunday, April 6, 2008

GM Brian Sabean has confirmed that the Giants are looking for a first baseman. They have had internal discussions about Nick Johnson, but will have trouble prying him from the Nationals now that he is off to a good start. The San Fransisco Chronicle says they have scouted Braves first baseman Scott Thorman, but nothing has been made of it. They do not have much interest in Dan Johnson of the Athletics, but they are looking for a lefty with some power. The Giants do not have much to offer, so they are probably going to have to take a chance on someone and hope they turn out. The Cubs' Micah Hoffpauir is being blocked by Daryle Ward, but he showed he could hit for average and power in Spring Training. However, he is twenty-eight, so you might only get a year or so from this rookie who has yet to make his major league debut.

In order to start rebuilding, the Giants need to dump their aging players, draft expensive players who will make it to the bigs fast, and make smart signings. The fact that their scouts did not see Barry Zito's K/9, K/BB, and strikeouts come down, shows that they need to clean house. The same goes with Aaron Rowand, who had a career year last year. No way is he going to hit that well in San Fransisco for the next five years. He is a reckless outfielder who averages 15-17 homeruns. I doubt they will be given the go ahead, but I think it is worth a shot to try and sign Mark Teixeira in the off season. The Giants probably do not have it their payroll to sign another big contract, though. This kind of deal I suspect will get done soon, because the Giants are off to a 1-4 start, and fans don't care to watch the Giants anymore.


Tim 3:44 PM CDT  

totally agree. the house needs to be cleaned. And when cleaning, you have to start from the top, and work your way down.

Bucky, NY 4:26 PM CDT  

The cubs will not sign Texeria. They have Lee already on a big contract. A team like the Yankees, Mets, Reds, Indians, and dont rule out the Braves to keep him. He will command 17-19 million a year and that will be to much for most teams that are already locked into huge contracts at first.

Anonymous 5:48 PM CDT  

who said the cubs would.

Anonymous 6:43 PM CDT  

If the Giants are sooooo desperate, then why haven't they snatched up the recently released Jay Gibbons to fill in? He'll be cheap now, and plays 1st as well as OF.

Anonymous 7:37 PM CDT  

giants what a pathetic team,sorry to say i have been a fan for 40 years
clean house is the only way to go sabem has made terrible choices the only good trade he ever made was to trade matt williams.his free agent signings have been just as bad --zito 17 million you have to be joking!

Eli 9:19 PM CDT  

because he is just what they dont need, old and not effective.