The Giants are playing well. They are 4.5 games up in the division. They just made a trade for Freddy Sanchez Lite (Jeff Keppinger). Brian Sabean is talking all sorts of crazy claiming he's working on a bigger deal. And the Giants are starting to sit down the dead weight (Tejada gets DL'd, Zito gets skipped, and Huff gets to enjoy the bench while Belt gets some starts).
The Giants are 16 games over .500 and Brian Sabean says they're lucky to be in that position. It sounds like ownership is ready to bite the bullet and go for it again (whether that means sacrificing some prospects or taking on more salary).
What deal was Sabean working on when he mentioned a bigger deal? In my dream fantasy land, it meant he was talking about Hunter Pence. But Hank Schulman ruled that out. Obviously it was Beltran then, right? Well, Baggarly shot down Beltran.
So what other big fish is out there? Sabean always likes to get those under the radar guys. I was thinking maybe Nick Markakis but that seems like too much of a financial risk. Michael Bourn perhaps? I hardly would classify Bourn as a difference maker however. Michael Cuddyer? Apparently Sabean had talks with the Twins about Cuddyer. A glorified Mark DeRosa if you ask me.
Sabean has put a lot of emphasis on pitching and defense so I'd have to assume the player he was looking at was solid defensively. Again, I think back to the Orioles. Adam Jones? Forget anyone on the Royals and the Cubs.
I'm left scratching my head. I have no idea who Sabean is going after besides the obvious (Beltran). I want Pence and I'm REALLLLLY hoping the Keppinger deal opened the dialogue. But the Astros have seemed pretty intent on keeping Pence thus far.
I guess we'll see. There's a week and a half before the deadline. Sabean picked up this year's Mike Fontenot. Now he just needs to conjure a player that has elements of the Ross and Burrell pick ups last year. A bigger fish. Can he do it? We'll know come Aug. 1st.
Oh, and as always (especially with Timmy going for the sweep against Kershaw)...